Monday's nightly tape loop from Hell, a 2-1 ninth-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, was Groundhog Day on crank, the only holiday the Giants know these days. They lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, found themselves tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot, and they got in a benches-clearing shout-fest with the Dodgers when Madison Bumgarner chose to yell at Yasiel Puig.
Bumgarner fielded a slow tapper by Puig along the first base line and threw him out to end the inning.
Bumgarner didn't return for the eighth inning and limited the Dodgers to one hit with no walks and ten strikeouts in seven innings. Well, the Dodgers lead the Giants by six games in the NL West. He looked at him after being told not to.
Monday continued a tradition of sorts between Bumgarner and Puig.
Law served up a lead-off single to pinch-hitter Andrew Toles before Corey Seager followed with a single off Javier Lopez (1-3), allowing Toles to take third with no outs.
The Dodgers seem to have found a rallying cry for the stretch drive, and it was supplied by (and came at the expense of) the ace pitcher of their most bitter rival. However, the San Francisco manager remains confident the Giants can reverse their fortunes and play their way into the postseason.
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The Giants broke through in the third inning when Eduardo Nunez reached on an infield single, stole second base, went to third base on a throwing error by Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, then trotted home on a wild pitch that bounced to the backstop.
The incident happened during the seventh inning of the game.
On the bright side, the entire San Francisco Giants bullpen came rushing onto the field and when it retreated the Giants still had a 1-0 lead, a windfall that lasted another 20 or 30 minutes.
The next batter, Gonzalez, belted a curveball to the warning track in right field.
San Francisco has lost nine times this season when leading after eight innings, setting an unwanted franchise record.
The Jays and O's are once again tied for the wild card lead, while Houston, with a win over Oakland remains three back, tied with Seattle who dropped a game.