Dodgers win series, manager Dave Roberts “as surprised as anyone” at Giants’ misery

SAN FRANCISCO – As feeble and fallible as the Giants have been this season, at least they could claim this much: they have played their archrivals tough.

They entered Wednesday night trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by 37 games in the NL West, but a victory would have allowed them to knot up the season series between the clubs with three games remaining at Dodger Stadium next week. It’s a discrepancy that wasn’t lost on Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

“In person, it seems like they bring out their best when we play them,” Roberts said prior to Wednesday’s game.

He spoke too soon. The Giants took their depressingly low bar and found a way to slither underneath it in an unfashionable 4-1 loss at AT&T Park, once again leaving them with the worst record in the major leagues.

The Giants made baserunning mistakes that shouldn’t exist beyond Pony League. Their abysmal outfield failed to catch a variety of contact from hard liners to soft bloopers. Matt Moore kept the game on the road, but it was another rough ride in a disappointing season. And while there is no shame in getting shut out by Yu Darvish, it was one more night when the Giants offense needed to be poked with a stick to see if it would move.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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