SAN FRANCISCO — For this San Francisco Giants team, a comeback is always in the cards. But one major gaffe proved to be the turning point in the Giants’ eventual 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The Giants were down 6-1 in the sixth inning and lathered up a rally to answer the Dodgers’ four-spot in the top of the inning. With Wilmer Flores on first base and LaMonte Wade Jr. on third with two outs, Brandon Crawford drove a 1-0 pitch into right field that dropped right in front of outfielder Mookie Betts.
Flores attempted the logical base-running play from first to third base on Crawford’s hit to keep the pressure on. Flores’ sprint speed ranks in the bottom 12 percentile in the majors, according to Statcast. Paired with a perfect throw from Betts, who pirouetted into a laser hurl to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, Flores had no chance. Turner laid a tag down on Flores awkwardly sliding a foot in front of the base for the inning’s third out.
Wade Jr. scored on Crawford’s hit, but the base running error extinguished one of the Giants’ few scoring opportunities. Flores scored the Giants’ first and only run off Dodgers starter Julio Urias on Donovan Solano’s sacrifice fly in the second inning. With Crawford’s hit, the Giants went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Series tied 1-1, the Giants will play the next two at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.