Stock Down: San Francisco Giants
Speaking of the Giants, they knew that their six-game road trip against the top two teams in the National League East was not going to be easy. Winning four of the six games, or maybe just splitting the trip would be considered a success. However, dropping four of six is less than ideal.
The biggest loss was the one Tuesday when they blew a ninth-inning lead to Turner and the Phillies. Teams ahead of you in the standings are the games you must win this season when they pop up on your schedule … and losing two of three to the Phillies is less than ideal.
San Francisco was able to win the final game of each series to avoid being swept. Against the Atlanta Braves, Joc Pederson drew a two-out bases-loaded walk in the of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. Against the Phillies, they avoided disaster after allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings and scored three in the top of the 10th for an 8-6 win. Newly-signed Paul DeJong delivered a clutch two-run single in the top of the 10th to break the game open. He finished the day with three hits and four RBI. Not bad to begin his tenure in the Bay Area.
If the Giants end up missing the playoffs, this trip, going 2-4, could be looked back at as a point in the season where they missed an opportunity.