LOS ANGELES The Giants left their dugout quickly after Fridays loss, escaping a celebration on the mound and a fireworks show in the sky. As Dodger Stadium shook with cheers, Bruce Bochy sat in the visiting clubhouse and smiled. Earlier in the week, when it became known that Bobby Evans and Jeremy Shelley were headed to Japan to scout Otani, Bochy said he couldnt imagine a player pitching and then moving to the outfield between starts.
LOS ANGELES — Three years ago, Giants coaches stood on the top step of the visiting dugout here at Dodger Stadium and tipped their caps to the Dodgers, who had just clinched an NL West title. A month later, the Giants were in the World Series. There will be no such luck this season. The Giants are eight games from a long offseason, but first, they once again had to watch their rivals kick off a celebration. With a 4-2 win, the Dodgers clinched the NL West for the fifth consecutive season. For the third time in the last four years, they celebrated against the Giants. This one spun away from Jeff Samardzija in the third inning and the offense never recovered, aside from Pablo Sandoval's solo
It was getting progressively worse for Edwin Jackson in his last three starts before he went out against the New York Mets Friday night in Citi Field. He went 5 2⁄3, 3 1⁄3, and 2 1⁄3 innings in those three outings, giving up 18 hits (seven home runs), six walks, and 17 runs, (16 earned), in back-to-back-to-back losses to the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. “When he’s missing he’s missing out over the plate, and they’re not missing,” Dusty Baker told reporters in discussing Jackson’s recent struggles after the start against LA in the nation’s capital. “He’s made some quality pitches, but like I said, when he misses it’s right over the plate and right around waist-high.