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What we learned as Giants lose in extras after Dodgers’ late rally

What we learned as Giants lose in extras after Dodgers' late rally

What we learned as Giants lose in extras after Dodgers’ late rally originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area


SAN FRANCISCO — There’s never a good time to lose half your position players to injuries, but the stunning week the Giants just had was particularly poorly-timed. Against a Los Angeles Dodgers team that’s heavily favored to run away with the division, the Giants took the field without their leadoff hitter, cleanup hitter, Gold Glove-caliber catcher, Gold Glove-winning shortstop and starting left fielder Monday night.

The bottom of the lineup was made up entirely of players who have been Sacramento River Cats for most of the season, but for nine innings the Giants kept pace. In extras, the Dodgers finally pulled away.

Will Smith‘s two-run double in the top of the 10th was the difference and gave the Dodgers a 6-4 win, their fourth in four games between the NL West rivals this season. The loss meant the Giants still do not have a three-game winning streak this season.

The Dodgers swept the series when the two teams met at the start of the 2024 mlb season, and Mookie Betts got them off to a fast start Monday, leading off the game with a solo homer. An inning later, the Giants jumped on top with one big swing from a young player who might become the everyday center fielder as Jung Hoo Lee recovers from a dislocated shoulder.

Before the game, manager Bob Melvin said Luis Matos will “get a good shot out there” while Lee is out. In the second inning, Matos came up with two on and jumped on a hanging curveball from Yoshinobu Yamamoto, picking up his first hit and homer of the season.

The Dodgers got a run back on Shohei Ohtani‘s infield single in the fifth and tied it up in the sixth when Gavin Lux smoked a double to the track in center. After Heliot Ramos put the Giants back on top with an RBI single, Kiké Hernandez knotted it up with a pinch-hit blast just inside the left field foul pole.

The score remained that way until the 10th, which actually got off to a good start when Taylor Rogers struck out Ohtani. But after a walk, Rogers grooved a sinker to Smith, who hit a 105 mph liner off the base of the wall in center.

The Giants had two on for Thairo Estrada in the bottom of the inning, but he hit into a game-ending double play.

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