Hunter Strickland blew the Giants game and didn't take it well

On Monday, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced that Hunter Strickland and Derek Law would both replace the struggling Santiago Casilla as closer. And in the ninth inning of Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Strickland “celebrated” by blowing the save and the Giants game.

Going into the ninth, the Giants were leading 1-0. So of course Bochy called on one of his newly minted closers, and first up was Derek Law. Law gave up a lead-off single and lasted just one batter. Then Bochy put Javier Lopez in the game, and he lasted just one batter after giving up a single. (Do you see a pattern here?)

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland walks off the field after being pulled from the game during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, in San Francisco. San Diego won 6-4. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Hunter Strickland walks off the field after giving up several runs. (AP Photo)

Then it was Strickland’s turn. Strickland hadn’t pitched in six days, and the last time he did pitch he gave up four runs on three hits. It didn’t go much better this time. Strickland allowed a game-tying single, and then a double to give the Dodgers the win.

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Yeah, that’s not the best way to start your closing career. Strickland didn’t think so either, and he essentially punished himself after the game.

I’d bet that many Giants players are feeling slightly insane right now given their second half slide. And Strickland probably feels especially responsible for this loss, which drops them into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. But a loss like that is a team effort: the whole team could only score one run off the Dodgers’ pitching staff, and Bochy didn’t trust either Derek Law or Javier Lopez to face more than one batter after giving up a hit.

Nothing is going right for the Giants right now, and Monday’s game, which included a near-fight after another yelling incident from Madison Bumgarner, and a stunningly regrettable tweet from the team Twitter account, feels like a microcosm of their entire second half.

Has someone checked on Hunter Strickland to make sure he’s not still running the stairs?

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