LOS ANGELES – The Giants have written the same story multiple times this season, yet each time they do, the story becomes more surreal.
A roster that was not expected to be a serious threat to secure a playoff berth entering the year has been decimated by injuries, yet in mid-July, Gabe Kapler’s club reached a 2.0-game finish in the National League West. Thanks to the edge a remarkable set of sustenance and replacement.
Before the start of the four-game series in Los Angeles, the Giants placed Brandon Crawford on the 10-day injured list with mild left oblique strain, which left the team without its top home hitter and best defensive player.
In a 7–2 victory over the Dodgers, the two men who served as the filling for Crawford scored crucial runs and contributed to an impressive victory that featured an outstanding effort from the Giants’ bullpen.
Five Giants relievers—Jack Littel, Jerlin Garcia, Dominic Lyon, Jay Jackson and Jake McGee—combined to keep the Dodgers scoreless in six innings before AJ Pollock finished ninth through the eighth inning. Hitless from the fourth innings. Inning with a single.
Rookie Jason Vosler, promoted from Triple-A Sacramento to take a spot on Crawford’s roster, hit a sacrificial fly, while Thyro Estrada, Crawford’s replacement at shortstop, struck two with a double during the team’s seventh inning rally of four. Went in for runs.
The Giants will certainly miss Crawford, who is expected to be out for 10 to 14 days with the strain, but they were thrilled to welcome catcher Buster Posey from a two-week absence on the injured list on Monday. Posey immediately announced his comeback by launching a two-run home run in the first innings of Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin, who then handed a single home run to Wilmer Flores to give the Giants a 3–0 lead.
The advantage was magnified on a night when San Francisco also had Kevin Gossman on for the first start of the second half, but Gossman endured a high-stress outing as Dodgers first baseman Max Munsey and third baseman Justin Turner hit back-toes. -Back solo home runs in the first inning.
Returning from a three-day absence on the Family Medical Emergency list, Gossman threw a season-less three innings as the Dodgers forced him to throw 29 pitches in each of his first two frames. After a 22-pitch third inning brought the right-hander to 80 for the night, Kapler decided to turn the game into his bullpen.
Despite delivering back-to-back home runs in the first, Gossman was able to put the Giants in front as he escaped a base-loaded jam with a strikeout from catcher Will Smith in the second before winning back-to-back eight-thirds. To open the pitch battle against center fielder Cody Bellinger and right fielder Matt Beatty.
The Giants’ bullpen neutralized the rest of the Dodgers lineup and an offense that held for one run in each of its previous two games broke against the Los Angeles pitching staff, who had fired five different relievers. used.
The most effective Dodgers reliever, Jimmy Sherfee, recorded four outs and did not allow a baserunner after making little history over the weekend. Sherfee, who was named to an assignment by the Giants earlier this month, became the first pitcher to appear in games for the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the same season, when he played Coors against the Rockies on Friday. Throws an innings in the field. .
Before the Sheriff, the last pitcher to appear for both franchises in a single season was Bill Salles, who played five games for the Brooklyn Dodgers and 18 for the New York Giants in 1943.