Things got a little chippy during Monday night’s game between the Dodgers and Giants, as Craig briefly wrote about this morning. Yasiel Puig grounded out on a light tapper to the left of the pitcher’s mound, ending the inning. Madison Bumgarner, for whatever reason, didn’t particularly care for Puig at that moment and began chirping at him. “Don’t look at me. Don’t look at me. Don’t f-ing look at me,” he said. And that’s when the benches emptied.
Things devolved from there. The Giants’ bullpen once again could not hold a lead. Derek Law began the bottom of the ninth inning staked to a 1-0 lead, but allowed a leadoff single to Andrew Toles. Manager Bruce Bochy brought in lefty Javier Lopez to pitch to the left-handed Corey Seager, but Seager also singled, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Finally, Seager brought in Hunter Strickland which would prove to be a mistake. Strickland yielded another single to Justin Turner, tying the game. He then served up a game-winning double to Adrian Gonzalez, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 victory.
The Giants have lost three games in a row and six of their last eight. After looking like one of baseball’s best teams in the first half, going 57-33, the Giants have been baseball’s worst team in the second half, compiling a 22-38 record. They’re now six games behind the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, their largest deficit all season. And now they’re tied with the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card slot. It’s quite possible the Giants, who were supposed to have Even Year Bullsh– on their side, will watch the postseason from home or at a golf course.
The rest of Tuesday’s action…
Washington Nationals (Tanner Roark) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Fernandez), 7:10 PM EDT
Cincinnati Reds (Josh Smith) @ Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester), 8:05 PM EDT
Los Angeles Angels (Daniel Wright) @ Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin), 8:05 PM EDT
Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd) @ Minnesota Twins (Hector Santiago), 8:10 PM EDT