Giants 7, Dodgers 4: Andrew Heaney destroyed by dong barrage

After a successful start to the home stand with a series win against the Padres, the rival Giants came to Chavez Ravine and broke their streak of eight losses in a row to the Dodgers with a 7-4 victory.

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The main story of the game was Andrew Heaney‘s continued struggles with ding dongs. After giving up just a hit batter in two scoreless innings to start things, Heaney surrendered a single followed by a Lewis Brinson homer and then a J.D. Davis homer in the 3rd. Things did not get better in the 4th when Marco Estrada homered to start the frame, and Heaney was then further damaged by a single and a David Villar homer.

It was notable that the Giants started eight righties, as Heaney has had struggles to limit the long ball against them.

And that was before two further dingers in the 4th.

Heaney did miss bats, but has surrendered 10 homers in his last four starts, and has seen his ERA rise from 1.16 to 2.94: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 90 Pitches.

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Opposing the Dodgers was Logan Webb, who actually gave up the game’s first runs after Mookie Betts reached on an error and Freddie Freeman homered to right, his 17th of the season.

They continued to rally back in the 4th as the inning started with back-to-back singles from Freddie and Max Muncy. Later on with one down, Joey Gallo doubled Freeman in with a ball drilled down the line in right, but the Dodgers couldn’t push anything further across and wasted the chance.

Speaking of wasted chances, Austin Barnes led the 5th off with a bloop single and Mookie followed with a double that looked like it would start something big. However, for whatever reason Dino Ebel decided to send Barnes and he was thrown out by about 10 yards. That effectively killed the rally and the Dodgers got nothing.

The Giants pen entered in the 7th and was greeted by the suddenly hot Barnes, who smashed his third homer in his last seven games, and seventh overall.

Speaking of pens, the hobbled Dodgers unit managed quite well. They didn’t get a clean inning, but Caleb Ferguson and Blake Treinen both surrendered just a walk in getting scoreless frames in the 6th and 7th, respectively.

Justin Bruihl got the final two frames and did struggle a bit. A scoreless 8th only came after a single and a double, and he gave up Brinson’s second homer of the night in the 9th to make it 7-4.

Not that it mattered that much as the Dodgers didn’t mount a threat in the final two frames.

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The Dodgers are now 92-42 on the year and 47-17 at home.

TEAMCHASEGAMES
AstrosMLB5.5 Up
MetsNL7.5 Up
PadresNL West19 Up

Tomorrow’s game will be at the same time at 4:10 PM HT/7:10 PM PT/10:10 PM ET with Tyler Anderson taking the ball against … well, somebody.

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