But you know what? They still give you your money's worth. Bruce Bochy said he was proud of how they played in the L.A. opener on Monday (into Tuesday), even though they lost in the 14th inning. (Had it gone 15, they likely would have won, because the Dodgers were out of pitchers.) Credit the Dodgers relievers, otherwise that team's weakness.
Things could have hardly gone worse in that epic opener. On the last day before roster expansion, the starters had to stay in the game for 14 innings and the bullpen, already overused, got stretched to the limit. And Brandon Crawford got injured all over again, in his first game back. They just never got the one hit that might have salvaged at least the win, in the game of the series that on paper they were more likely to win than the other two.
Tuesday night an exhausted team, fielding some players who had just joined or rejoined the club, couldn't support MadBum's start, and they lost the second game 2-1. The Giants have learned how to win without Pence, but they haven't without Crawford. Buster Posey, who caught 14 innings in a game that ended after midnight, was back behind the plate, and got one hit. That's heroic. Manager Bochy as well as pitcher Jake Peavy were ejected for arguing a key strikeout call in the 7th, when the Giants had runners on second and third. Once again, Matt Duffy made a stellar play and got a key hit.
It also looks more and more likely that the Pirates will get into the postseason only as a Wild Card. They lost Tuesday while the Cards won.