SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants brought two batters more than the minimum to the plate, Logan Webb lasted only four innings and San Francisco lost its 13th game in 17 tries this season against the Dodgers, 5-0, Friday night at Oracle Park.

Here are some takeaways.

Near no-no: Giants hitters were so hopeless Friday night that only three made it to first base, and none advanced to second. They were held without a hit through five innings by a Los Angeles starter — on Friday, Dustin May — for the second time this season and limited to fewer than three runs by the Dodgers for the eighth time in 17 meetings.

Even when Luis González broke up the no-hit bid in the sixth, it was with a soft dribbler that rolled just slow enough to beat Chris Taylor’s throw to first base. A line drive single from David Villar in the seventh gave the Giants their first well-struck base knock and ensured they would only match a season-low in hits (two, done twice previously: at San Diego on July 7 and at New York-NL on April 19).

The Giants were shut out for the ninth time this season and the second time in 17 meetings with the Dodgers, who have outscored them by 38 runs (88-50) while winning 13 of their 17 games.

Brandon Crawford followed with the Giants’ best-hit ball of the evening, a 382-foot fly ball that left the bat at 101 mph. For a moment, the crowd rose to its feet and looked on in anticipation of a home run that could have cut the deficit in half. But Cody Bellinger ranged over from center field and snared it with a leaping grab at the wall.

The only ball off the Giants’ bats against May that had an expected batting average of at least .300 ended in another highlight-reel grab. Joc Pederson lofted a 328-foot fly ball into the left-field corner that looked to be a guaranteed two bases. But left fielder Joey Gallo chased it down and made a sliding grab for the final out of the first inning.

Crawford gave the Giants their first base runner with a walk in the second inning, but he was immediately retired on a 5-4-3 double play by Thairo Estrada.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled May, who was making his fifth start back from Tommy John surgery, after five innings and 69 pitches, with his no-hit bid …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Webb’s early exit, SF Giants’ meager bats make up formula for latest loss to Dodgers

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