SAN FRANCISCO — Whatever plans the Giants may have had of escaping with another one-run win went awry in the eighth inning in a 7-2 loss Saturday evening to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park.
The Giants trailed just 3-2 going in to the eighth, beat the Dodgers 2-1 Friday night, and have a 14-5 record in one-run games.
Instead, reliever Dereck Rodriguez gave up a pair of bases-loaded walks and Corey Seager reached Mark Melancon for a two-run double to break the game open as an announced crowd of 43,784 — many of them Dodgers fans — made their way to the exits to beat the traffic.
The Giants fell to 26-37 on the season, with the National League West-leading Dodgers improving to 44-21.
Jeff Samardzija (3-5) took the loss for the Giants, giving up seven hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings with two walks, five strikeouts and a pair wild pitches. He threw 101 pitches, 68 of which were strikes.
Left-hander Rich Hill (3-1) was the winning pitcher and was backed by scoreless relief work by Julio Urias Joe Kelly and Yimi Garcia.
The Dodgers big inning hurt all the more because the Giants spent much of the game squandering opportunities with m en on base, going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position heading into the eighth inning and leaving 11 runners stranded.
Rodriguez, the rookie surprise a year ago who has already been sent to Triple-A once this season, opened the eighth inning and promptly gave up a single to right by Russell Martin and a double to right by pinch-hitter David Freese.
Joc Pederson loaded the bases by reaching on a fielders choice, with shortstop Donovan Solano unable to the runner down at third. Rodriguez then issued walks to Max Muncy and Justin Turner to load force in two runs, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports