You knew the Giants' demise was imminent. Even, even if they could have somehow swept LA, they would have still faced long odds going into the final 3 games of the season 2 games back. What no one expected was that they would bow out quite like this.
The doggers put Clayton Kershaw on the mound, and he was superb. He threw a complete game shutout in a little over 100 pitches. He struck out 13 and walked only 1. He allowed 1 hit, to Kevin Frandsen. Kershaw was matched against Madison Bumgarner, who did not fare nearly so well. Madison threw 26 pitches in the 1st inning, mainly because Kelby Tomlinson booted a double play ball to set up a 1st and 3rd situation that led to the first run.
That would have been enough, but the doggers kept plinking away. A solo shot in the 3rd made it 2 - 0. Another error in the 5th when Kevin Frandsen couldn't scoop up a low throw from Brandon Crawford with 2 outs caused Maddy to throw over 30 pitches, putting him at 100 for 5 innings. Maddy was done in the 6th after 2 solo shots, the first time he has given up 3 home runs in a game since 2010. Final score, 8 - 0.
The Giants were hapless. Their starting line-up consisted of 4 of the hitters that were supposed to be there. The 2 errors were costly. Los Angeles clinched the division title in San Francisco for the first time since 1977. I really can't be irate, though, because really, Kershaw was simply superb. It will be interesting to see them match up against the Mets and see if Harvey is asked to pitch.
Much to analyze, much to discuss as the season wanes. For now, though, try to salvage some self-respect in the final 2 games, Hudson's last start is coming Sunday, and let's see some youngsters against Colorado.