Attack non-existent in shutout loss for Dodgers

Attack non-existent in shutout loss for Dodgers

What We Learned When Giants’ Attack Silenced In Loss To LA Originally Appeared On NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — Before the bottom of Friday’s sixth inning at Oracle Park, a man in a Brandon Crawford Giants jersey proposed to a woman wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers cap. That was about the only good thing that happened for someone in orange and black.

The Giants hit only two hits on Friday-evening, losing 5-0 to a team of Dodgers that won the division earlier this week. A year after winning the division by one game, the Giants are 30 1/2 games behind the Dodgers and 4-13 against them.

A matchup of two talented homegrown right-handers did not go as expected. Logan Webb lasted only four innings, while the Giants had no hits in five innings against Dustin May. Just a pitch count saved them from a potentially very embarrassing night.

May was cleared for sixth and Luis Gonzalez broke the no-no with an infield single by Alex Vesia that left the bat at 54 mph and rolled down the mound so slowly that second baseman Chris Taylor didn’t have time to make a to get a throw.

The next goal — a single by David Villar with two outs in the seventh — was a much harder hit and Brandon Crawford almost gave the Giants fans something to cheer for with a deep drive to center left. Cody Bellinger tracked it down and grabbed the wall.

Here are the takeaways from a loss that drops the Giants to 69-75:

short night

In this game, Webb had made eight starts against the Dodgers — including the playoffs — in the past two years and an ERA of 2.64. There was no question of that dominance on Friday evening.

Mookie Betts led off the game with a single in the middle, one of seven hits by Webb in just four innings. The Dodgers had a leadoff double, then three basehits in the fourth alone, and that was it for Webb, whose pitch count rose to 90 after that frame.

Webb was charged with four runs in his shortest start since April 19. He gave up more than three earned runs for the first time since August 1, a start that also was against the Dodgers.

Mayday! Mayday!

The Giants had no chance against May, who threw five no-hit innings, but was pulled after 69 pitches because he is back in the big league in his first month after having surgery on Tommy John. Dave Roberts told reporters before the game that May would be in the 75-80 range and he didn’t hesitate, even with a no-hitter on the line.

May’s repertoire seems to be even better since the surgery. He averaged 99 mph with his four-seamer, reaching a maximum of 101.4. He allowed only one baserunner on Friday, a walk in the second inning that was immediately followed by an inning-ending double play.

pedal to the metal

Thairo Estrada made one of the best defensive plays by a Giants infielder this year when he robbed Max Muncy of a single:

Muncy held up his hands in disbelief as he came halfway down the line. The good news for him is that next year, with new squad rules, that ball will reach the field grass.

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