Bruce Bochy

Giants lose to Dodgers in 14th, now trail by 4.5 games

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This game had everything. The CSN Bay Area feed went out a while in the early stages of this game, which would end up lasting 14 innings. There was a comeback by the Dodgers, then one by the Giants. There was a balk that went uncalled that should’ve given the Dodgers a walk-off win.

In the end, the Giants probably wish they would’ve lost on that Sergio Romo flinch with a runner on third that went unnoticed by the umpires. Instead, they exhausted themselves and lost more ground to the division leaders in a way that seems impossible.

They only scored one run over nine innings against the Dodgers bullpen.

The Giants, who went in hoping for a series win and praying for a sweep, now must face Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. If they leave L.A. without a victory, they’ll be 6.5 games behind the Dodgers.

Jake Peavy’s night

Allowing Peavy to face a lineup for a third time at this stage of his career is always a gamble. Watching him face two power-hitting lefties seemed especially risky. But after watching Bruce Bochy manage for all these years, I feel like I have a pretty good handle on why he left Peavy in. And it had nothing to do with getting Peavy the win (it was the sixth inning, not the fifth), soothing Peavy’s ego, or saving the bullpen since Madison Bumgarner was starting the next game and the roster expands on Sept. 1 … which, it already is.

Bochy and Peavy obviously have a lot of great history, and Peavy’s performance until the sixth inning bordered on motivational. Given Bochy’s love of career splits when making key decisions, it’s no surprise that he let Peavy face a few batters too many.

Nori Aoki ain’t right

Aoki seemed to really believe he got hit by a pitch early in this game that missed him. It was up and in, but Aoki’s reaction made it look like the ball hit the bill of his helmet or something … but no.

Chase Utley would’ve been out at second on the ball that ricocheted off Javier Lopez’s foot in the eighth inning, but Aoki threw it high and wide of second base — almost like he was targeting Lopez instead of Ehire Adrianza. An inning later, there seemed to be some confusion between the dugout and Aoki about where he should be positioned. His speed hasn’t quite been there since the pitch that fractured his leg, and the pitch that drilled him in the head caused a concussion.

The Giants traded a minor league pitcher to the Red Sox for Alejandro De Aza during this game. He’s an OK hitter, a 31-year-old lefty who can play all three outfield positions. One could look at this deadline deal as insurance in case Hunter Pence doesn’t return anytime soon, or a move made to spell Aoki. 

  • Aoki before his first HBP injury on June 20: .317/.383/.385
  • Aoki’s since coming back on July 27: .209/.273/.374

Extra BASGs

— As bad as this loss was, the Giants can’t cry and use it as an excuse to disintegrate. The Dodgers were no-hit for the second time in 10 games on Sunday night, and they weren’t broken.

— Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt hit balls to the warning track in the 12th. Belt’s looked and sounded like a potential game-winner, but the only Giants who can hit home runs lately are Marlon Byrd and Madison Bumgarner.

— The Giants sure could’ve used a couple innings from Jeremy Affeldt. Michael Broadway didn’t have it (and perhaps he never will, at least in the majors), and Yusmeiro Petit was coming off a fairly long outing (47 pitches) on Saturday. The other six relievers who entered this game for San Francisco combined to pitch 7.1 scoreless innings.

— It’s time to go to bed. At least no one on the Giants has done anything like this all season.

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