The Giants touched bottom in Philadelphia, leading 4-0 on a Cueto 3-hitter in the 7th, losing in 12 innings 5-4. With a day game tomorrow.
Cueto gave up--what else?--two homers and once again Duffy's third base replacement's error ultimately cost them the game.
And yet, the Dodgers got blown out, and the Giants are unaccountably still in first place.
I say they touched bottom instead of hit bottom because they didn't hit much of anything after the fourth inning, against a losing team's losing bullpen.
The only question now is whether, having touched bottom, they stay there. This is looking like a discouraged team in disarray, a team that is not a team anymore. Even through the radio it seemed once the game was tied they didn't believe they'd win it.
You have to feel for Cueto, who seemed near tears after the game. Nobody can figure out what's going on. They keep saying, it happens, it's baseball, but they don't sound like they believe it anymore.
The last place Phillies beat their two top starters. Sound familiar?
Apart from being haunted by giving up their best third base glove, the guy they traded Duffy for is making his first start tomorrow. No pressure or anything.
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