Giants 7, Dodgers 5: Emmet Sheehan debuts with 6 no-hit innings before pen implodes and ruins everything yet again (baserunning also embarrassing)

Emmet Sheehan had a tough situation to debut in with the Dodgers pitching staff struggling, against the rival Giants, and with anti-LGBTQ shitheads trying to make this Pride Night into a spectacle. But he shut everything out tonight, including the Giants over six no-hit innings, and the bats came up with a crooked number in the 5th to stake the team to a lead.

Of course, the much-maligned bullpen still exists and was fucking horrid again as they allowed five unanswered runs. However, the Dodgers fought back to tie the game to send it into extras before they fell 7-5 as the pen again couldn’t put up zeroes.

So what’s new?


Tonight’s game was all about Sheehan, who the Dodgers were counting on to fill another rotation hole.

Things started well, as he got a 13-pitch inning in the 1st, setting the Giants down in order.

In the 2nd he issued his first walk for his first baserunner, but also notched his first strikeout and kept the scoreboard empty.

He followed that with a clean 3rd as well, though he and his family got a close call on a deep fly out.

The 4th was also eventful, as he gave up a walk and a two-out stolen base to face his first batter with a RISP, but defensive plays from Miguel Rojas and Freddie Freeman ensured he didn’t give up damage.

After cruising through a rare uneventful 5th, Sheehan finished his outing with another clean frame, and it was this amazing Mookie Betts play in right that capped it off.

A stellar debut despite the help he did get, as he stayed composed and showed the ability to turn in a quality start even mostly just pumping fastballs from behind in the count: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 89 Pitches.

The Giants basically ran out a pen game against the Dodgers, and they started with John Brebbia, who issued a walk in the 1st but nothing else. Ryan Walker took over in the 2nd and gave up a single but kept the Blue off the scoreboard. After he got one out in the 3rd, he allowed a single and was relieved by bulk boi Sean Manaea. While Manaea did issue a walk to put a pair of runners on, he also didn’t allow any damage to close out the 3rd. After a clean 4th, he faced some trouble in the 5th, but it didn’t look that serious until it was.

With one out he gave up a single to Rojas and then he hit Mookie with a pitch to put a pair on, but he also followed by getting the second out of the inning. Unfortunately for him, that’s when the Dodgers bats get started as Will Smith singled to score Rojas, then J.D. Martinez doubled to score Mookie. With a pair in scoring position, James Outman stepped up and went oppo for a single that scored both Smith and Martinez to make it 4-0.

After a clean 6th for Manaea, his night was done, and the Dodgers had a four-run lead.


In relief of Sheehan was Brusdar Graterol in the 7th — yes, it’s the right decision to take Sheehan out, especially with this clusterfuck of injuries right now — and he immediately gave up a single to break up any combined no-hitter dreams. After Wilmer Flores fouled one off himself and seemed to need a leg amputation or something, he took the very next pitch deep to cut the lead to 4-2.

The 8th belonged to Victor Gonzalez, who didn’t look to have his command at all. Behind on every hitter, he issued a walk, got a groundout, gave up a single, and then surrendered a lefty/lefty single to Joc Pederson to make it 4-3. Even worse, the throw on that play got under the legs of Will, and Gonzalez didn’t back up the play so the runners advanced to second and third.

Be better, indeed.

That led to Tayler Scott entering, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Thairo Estrada on his first pitch to tie the game at 4-4. After an intentional walk, Casey Schmitt got an infield single for a 5-4 lead, which made that mental error from Gonzalez matter. Scott hit the next batter to load the bases, and he only escaped the inning thanks to the generous zone resulting in a strikeout instead of a walk.

Nick Robertson came in for the 9th, and gave up a walk and an infield single, but faced only four batters thanks to a double play.


While all this was going on, the Giants pen put up zeroes in the 7th and 8th behind Luke Jackson and Tyler Rogers.

But the 9th was more problematic behind Camilo Doval, and he gave up a one-out single to Rojas, his third hit of the night. Miguel then stole second and Mookie followed with a single to corner the runners, which led to a Freddie bloop single to tie the game up at 5-5.

With those two on, Mookie was then caught stealing third on an ill-advised double steal attempt, and after Smith walked (that would’ve loaded the bases with one out), J.D. struck out to end the threat.

On to extras.

The 10th belonged to Caleb Ferguson, who immediately hit a batter to put a pair on. After a bunt was popped up, he then got a comebacker that he didn’t choose to turn two on for whatever reason, but thankfully got a pop foul to end the inning and make that mental blunder not matter.

Taylor Rogers continued in the 10th with J.D. as the Manfred Runner, and after an Outman out, they issued an intentional walk to righty Vargas before getting another out against a lefty in Michael Busch on a line shot. Austin Barnes then pinch-hit for Heyward for a lefty/righty matchup, and it ended with a three-pitch strikeout because Barnes is Barnes.

For the 11th, it was the last man in the pen in Alex Vesia. He got a fly out to start, with Outman not getting the tagging runner with a throw to third upon replay. A walk followed to corner the runners, and then Brandon Crawford and Austin Slater followed with singles to make it 7-5. He stopped the bleeding there with back-to-back strikeouts, but the damage was done.

Jakob Junis was in for the Giants to close out the Dodgers in the 11th, and with one down they were gifted second and third with one out after a Mookie pop-up in the infield was dropped, but that was before Mookie overran the signs and gifted the Giants the second out. Then the game ended with a strikeout.

Fucking horrific.


Unfortunately there needs to be a dedicated injury section for this game, as David Peralta got hot and then got injured avoiding a tag for an infield single.

Chris Taylor was also removed from the game and was seen limping after his first at-bat.

Rojas was also seen grabbing his leg at one point, but he remained in the game.


Sheehan’s mom has the same energy as me watching the Dodgers until the game is over.

Also, congrats to the Sisters who were honored before the game, and I hope the anti-LGBTQ people with their Proud Boys rally were malding.


Dodgers39-31 (2.5 GB)
Giants37-32 (4 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

The two teams will do it again tomorrow an hour earlier at 3:10 PM HT/6:10 PM PT/9:10 PM ET. It’ll be another prospect in Bobby Miller (0.78 ERA/2.41 xERA/3.94 DRA) taking on presumably Alex Wood (4.80/4.32/4.96), who will be activated off the IL.

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