The San Francisco Giants scoreboard pays tribute to Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully who died on Tuesday August 1, 2022 as the Dodgers lined up to congratulate each other after beating the Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco.
The season’s trading deadline comes and goes at 3:00 this afternoon, and Joey Gallo comes to Los Angeles. The Dodgers earned a 29-year-old all-or-nothing hitter in exchange for Clayton Beeter, a right-handed starting pitcher who was 0-3.5.75 for AA Tulsa when he left the Dodgers system. Gallo is expected to report to the Dodgers tomorrow.
Two Giants on the active roster, one farm hand, and a member of the injured roster left. On deadline, San Francisco sent Darin Ruf to the Mets for left-hander Thomas Szapucki and a pair of potential pitchers, ranked #24 and 27 by Baseball America. They, in that order, are right-handed Carson Seymour and left-handed Nick Zwack.
The giants also gave reserve catcher Curt Casali and double A thrower Matthew Boyd to the Mariners, regaining right thrower Michael Stryffeler and high A catcher Andy Thomas. Reliever Trevor Rosenthal, who might have saved the A bacon last year had he not been to IL in spring training and who joined the IL Giants earlier this season went to the Milwaukee roster. The Giants have the Brewers’ 19th prospect in MLB.com rankings, Trilstan Peters, an outfielder who currently stands at .306 in A High.
And, as Colombo TV detectives used to say, just one more thing. San Francisco summoned left-handed pitcher Alex Young from Sacramento.
San Francisco opens the contest tonight with Alex Wood, a 6’4″, 214-pound left-hander with a 7-8, 4.11 season record, and an inventory of four seamers, changeups, curves, and sinkers, on the mound to take on the team with the best record. in major league baseball, 69-33 Los Angeles Dodgers.
Angelinos hit back with another tall left-hander, who took an even more impressive record to the mound with him. 6’2″ Tyler Anderson tilted the scales at 220 and turned the rubber at 11-1, 2.6.
By the time the game was over, the Dodgers were definitive 9-5 victory, the visitors’ record was 70-33 and the Giants 51-53. Wood had thrown 5-1/3 innings, leaving his team 6-5 down and a man at base. He has made 99 deliveries, 65 of which count as strikes. All the slixes from the runs he allowed were earned, and they made nine strokes, runs, and hitters. Wood hit half a dozen hitters and took the loss, giving him a 7-9, 4.42 record.
Anderson didn’t last long. He was on the mound for five plus innings, going with runners in the first and second. The runner didn’t score, so Anderson’s line read five times, all earned, with six strokes, one for distance, four runs, and wild throws. He hit three and had a total of 86 throws, 32 of which were balls. He got his 12th win against but one loss but saw his ERA rise to an astonishing 2.89.
Careless play left the Giants behind in the second inning. Hanser Alberto took the lead with what sounded like a broken single shot down the left and made his way to second when Wood crossed for Trayce Thompson. Both runners moved up a level when Wood tried to pick up Alberto from second place and dribble to the left of center.
Gavin Lux took the punches during that game and followed it up with one to the middle which drove at Alberto and moved Thompson to third while Lux advanced to second. Austin Barnes was hit by the field to fill the base with the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger’s sacrificial fly took Thompson home with LA’s second tally.
Mookie Betts then attacked. A line drive that bounced off midfielder Slater’s gloves, was brought down by González and scored as an RBI single that sent Barnes into third, and Slater was charged with a mistake which saw Betts take second. Turner’s pocket flew into the middle of Barnes with the so-called fourth round of innings and a game of Bums.
They made five in the third. An infield single put Will Smith in first place. Alberto’s single to the middle moved him to second place. Dixon Machado made a beautiful game on Thompson’s court to force Alberto into second while Smith moved up to third. He scored on a fielder’s line of choice where Belt fielded Lux’s bouncer for the first time and threw the ball home too late to catch Smith.
Mookie Betts’ 24th home run, leading from fourth, landed’ at Giants’ Garden, crossed the 391-foot mark in the dead center field
Lar dropped two goals into the deep right, close to the foul line that made it 6-2 and put González 90 feet from home. She covered that distance on wild court to Bart, who added momentum by slamming a 93mph four-seamer, 408 feet into midfield, over Konica Minolta’s mark between the 399 and 391 feet markers. Almost before you know what’s happening, the orange and gold colors have turned a Dodger win into a 6-5 ball game.
As if the Giant’s revived competence was contagious, Wood responded at the top of the fifth quarter by throwing his first 1-2-3 inning of the game, sending LA down to the groundout and a pair of Ks.
John Brebbia freed Wood as Betts emerged sixth for his fourth. He. been two for three. Bellinger is in first place. Brebbia ended the inning with (called) strike out and double play.
After back-to-back runs to González and Villar, leading from the bottom of the sixth drove Anderson off the mound, Evan Phillips entered the fray and handed a single bunt to Bart before retiring Wade, Machado, and Slater to preserve the Los Angeles lead.
Tyler Rogers made a perfect seventh for the home side.
After a seventh inning stretch, Alex Vesia replaced Phillips for the Dodgers and got the Giants down to conga, one, two, three, kicks.
Rogers continued his dominance of right-handed Alberto and Thompson in eighth, but Lux’s left-handed hit him for a triple two from a brick wall in the center right. Then Barnes’s left-handed shot was double-lined to the center of the left. scored Lux by running insurance.
The giants challenged a safe call in second, but Mark Carlson and Paul Emmet confirmed it in New York. That brings the newly promoted Alex Young into the game to take on Bellinger. He put Young’s third pass into the triple alley and scored a throw later from Betts’ double line to the left. Just like that, the ball game again became a defeat. Fortunately, Turner flew right to end the bloodbath, with Los Angeles leading 9-5.
Chris Martin took charge of mound duty for the visitors at home to eighth and got rid of the Giants with ease.
Young fielded Freeman, Smith and Alberto, the heart of the Dodgers streak, one, two, three to give San Francisco one last chance. David Price was given the task of denying it to them. He told Wade to swing down. Alberto hit a superb diving shot from Machado’s powerful grounder behind third and threw it first. Slater bounced off the mound, ending the evening’s frustration with orange and black.
As the game progressed, the sad news came that Vince Scully, who voiced the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1950-2016, died today at the age of 94. Our sincere condolences to his family.
The draw continues tomorrow at 6:45 with Julio Urías (10-6, 2.71) against Alex Cobb (3-5, 4.06).