Although the Los Angeles Dodgers left San Francisco three games up on the Giants in the National League West standings, a bitter taste lingers in their mouths.
Perhaps it was not just the losing which caused this, but the way they lost. After a sloppy game for the Dodgers in the series opener, the Giants followed with consecutive walk-off wins. As manager Don Mattingly put it after Thursday’s loss, getting swept at the hands of their divisional rival stung more than usual, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
A little bit of a heartbreak, honestly,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Had a lead we were fighting to hold onto all day long.”
The lead Mattingly mentions was the only lead the Dodgers held for the entire series. In fact, it lasted for eight innings but the bullpen, which had been quite exceptional in the series prior, let it slip away.
The Dodgers entered the series with the Giants riding a seven-game winning streak on their. With a record of 9-3, the Dodgers led the second-place San Diego Padres by one game and the last place Giants by six. The Giants meanwhile entered the series mired in an eight-game losing streak.
Of course as has often been seen in the past, records get thrown out the window whenever the Dodgers and Giants meet. Mattingly believes the latest series between the rivals is indicative of what’s to come throughout the season in the NL West:
Shows you what this year is going to be, what this division is going to be. So – buckle up.”
Despite being swept, the Dodgers left San Francisco still sitting in a tie with the San Diego Padres atop the division standings. The Dodgers and Giants will face each other 16 more times this season, including a three-game set at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday.
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