On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the Giants’ dramatic and exciting walk-off win against the Dodgers. Donovan Solano crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning that sealed the win for the Giants. Earlier in the game Brandon Belt hit a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the 1st, and he hit a game-tying solo shot in the bottom of the 9th against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. They also came back from a 10th-inning deficit. The Giants can seemingly do no wrong right now, as the win was their seventh straight and it came against a Dodgers team that came into the game with a 22-8 record. With the loss they’re now 4-4 against the Giants this year, and 18-5 against everybody else. If the season ended today, the Giants would face the Dodgers in LA for a best-of-three postseason series.
Not everything was sunshine and roses in this win. Johnny Cueto struggled through four innings, allowing six earned runs. Giants rookie catcher Joey Bart had an awful game, both at the plate and behind it. He could not get on the same page as Cueto and relief pitch Jarlin García. His difficulties with García were very costly, and he eventually got crossed up, which caused the ball to trickle away and the baserunner on second to advance to third, then the runner scored on Bart’s errant throw into left field. If the Giants had not come back in the bottom of the frame, Bart’s defensive issues would have been the story of the game.
Other Giants who made huge contributions included Even Longoria, who had four hits and a walk (as did Belt) and Brandon Crawford, who had three hits. Mauricio Dubón also hit a game-tying single with two outs in the 10th. The much-maligned bullpen also pitched very well and kept the Giants in the game after Cueto departed.