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SF Giants swept by Dodgers, dropping second straight one-run game


LOS ANGELES — If their first series against the fearsome Dodgers provided any indication, then no, the San Francisco Giants did not come close this winter to closing the gap between them and their deep pocketed rivals to the south.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep Wednesday, handing the Giants a 5-4 loss, and like the previous two, never trailed.

As parting gift, Shohei Ohtani slugged his first home run in Dodger blue, a 430-foot solo shot off Taylor Rogers in the seventh that proved to be valuable insurance when Jorge Soler answered with an even more impressive 452-foot solo shot the following inning.

Dropping the final two games of the series by just one run apiece, the Giants scratched and clawed again Wednesday, with a two-run single from Michael Conforto and another solo shot from catcher Patrick Bailey, but moral victories don’t count in the standings.

The Giants didn’t hold a lead for one inning of the three-game series, taking a four-game losing streak and a 2-5 record into their home opener Friday against the Padres.

Kyle Harrison ran into trouble early and labored through five innings, a stark departure from his efficient six innings against the Padres in his first start.

Issuing three walks, Harrison was tagged for four runs on six hits, including a solo homer from light-hitting shortstop Miguel Rojas.

It was a struggle to put away hitters and finish innings.

On all three of Harrison’s free passes, he held count leverage with two strikes, losing Max Muncy with a fastball and a changeup off the plate inside, Chris Taylor with a pair of fastballs above the letters, and Mookie Betts with two fastballs off the outside corner after he fouled off a tough two-strike changeup.

The Dodgers fouled off 17 of Harrison’s pitches and took another 33 outside the strike zone, running his pitch count up to 87, 11 more than he required to complete six innings in his previous start. It was a steady diet of fastballs and changeups from the 23-year-old lefty, throwing only eight breaking balls.

The walk to Taylor loaded the bases, putting Muncy on third, in position to score the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice from Rojas, opening a 1-0 lead. Rojas made it 4-1 in the fourth when he deposited a high heater into the Dodgers’ bullpen, preventing Harrison from completing a 1-2-3 inning and turning the lineup over to Betts.

Despite the loss, it was quite a day for Harrison’s batterymate.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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