Giants' momentum thwarted as comeback attempt falls short in frustrating loss

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Giants' momentum thwarted in frustrating loss to D-backs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — The first night back at Oracle Park brought plenty of drama and put two of last year’s biggest stars in the spotlight. But the result fit in with the 2022 Giants, not 2021.

Brandon Crawford, who finished fourth in MVP voting last year, came up with a chance to give the Giants the lead or at least complete an eighth-inning comeback. He hit into a double play. At 10:27 p.m., LaMonte Wade Jr. strolled to the plate with a chance to tie it or win it in the ninth. But there was no Late Night LaMonte magic this time.

The Giants got within one late in the eighth but never got closer, falling 4-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had lost 12 consecutive games at Oracle Park going back to Sept. 5, 2020. Right now, none of that matters. It’s the Giants who have lost five straight at Third and King.

The latest one stung, not just because it was to a bad team and halted the momentum that was clawed back over the weekend, but because the Giants had the game on their bats in the eighth and ninth.

"The way it lined up, it felt like we were about to break the game open there," manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Giants caught some breaks in coming back from a 4-1 deficit, with the eighth inning rally going: walk, grounder that was slow enough for an infield single, double off the third base bag, groundout, walk, walk. That brought up Crawford, who got ahead 2-0 but bounced a fastball to first for an inning ending double play.

Mike Yastrzemski's leadoff single got the action going again in the ninth and got the fans on their feet for Wade Jr., but he popped a curveball up to third. Darin Ruf struck out to give the Giants a 15th loss in the last 21 games.

The only reprieve in recent weeks has been the two weekend games in San Diego, when Carlos Rodón and Alex Wood threw 16 dominant innings to lead the way in a couple of wins. Alex Cobb hoped to match that and he made a mechanical adjustment that brought some more life to his repertoire, but his command was spotty and the Diamondbacks scored three early runs.

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The Giants never threatened to come back until the eighth, when the good fortune started to add up and the dugout started to feel a sense of inevitability. When you're going good, as they were over the weekend, these games end with handshake lines. But when you're going bad, as they mostly have been recently, you're left disappointed.

"It had that feel. It definitely had that feel," Cobb said. "The ball hits the bag and you start to think that we're on the opposite ends of things and that it was kind of destined to happen."