The Giants had their opportunities this weekend. That included Thursday night when San Francisco came roaring back from a 5-run deficit just to lose by 3 runs late in the contest. But it wasn’t from a lack of effort, but a lack of execution in many facets of their series against the Dodgers.
Defensively, the Dodgers far outpaced the Giants throughout the 4-game series. San Francisco had a pair of errors on Thursday night, followed by 2 more on Friday night. And though they went errorless in the other 2 games, there were more than a few misplays that the Dodgers took advantage of.
Yermin Mercedes took a bat route to a flyball on Sunday afternoon, opening the door for the Dodgers to take the lead late. And Gabe Kapler really wasn’t happy with the way things played out. The Giants manager spoke about his disappointment following the series sweep.
“Not good enough. Really frustrating. A level of play that’s just not going to be acceptable for us, there’s just no other way to classify it. It was just not good enough.”
It was the first time since the 90s that the Dodgers swept the Giants in a 4-game series in Los Angeles. San Francisco also fell to a 48-47 record, 16.5 games out of first place in the National League West. They’re also in real danger of completely missing the postseason, now 2 games out of the third Wild Card spot.
It’s night and day from last season for the Giants. They knocked off the Dodgers after their run of consecutive NL West titles, but those days appear to be long gone.
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