BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The Giants seven-game winning streak came to a quick and inconspicuous end Thursday afternoon at Oracle Park in the form of back-to-back shutout loses to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The games came in the wake of a last-minute boycott of last nights game by both teams as a wave of protests swept the world of sports in reaction to another case of excessive use of force by the police following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin earlier this week.
San Francisco could only muster four hits in the opener as Los Angeles got six innings of shut out pitching from Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 1.80) in a 7-0 whitewashing before falling to a group of Dodgers hurlers in the nightcap. The Giants were shut out in both games of a doubleheader for first time since 1943 when the franchise was still in New York. It was also the first time that Dodgers pitching had shutouts in both ends of a doubleheader since 1971.
Giants starter Logan Webb (2-3) struggled on the mound in the first game, allowing five earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings before getting chased following a two-run double by Austin Barnes and an RBI single by Corey Seager. Mookie Betts collected his 1,000 career hit in the sixth and A.J. Pollack laced a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Dodgers their final margin.
The Giants fared slightly better in the nightcap losing a competitive game 2-0 as starter Kevin Gausman, who’s been the subject of trade rumors with the MLB deadline approaching on Monday, pitched 4 2/3 solid innings while only allowing three hits and striking out six.
Unfortunately for Gausman one of those hits was a second inning solo home run by the Dodgers Joc Peterson that would prove decisive. Los Angeles had seven different pitchers contribute to the shutout, none of whom was around long enough to get more than seven outs, before closer Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
With the wins, the Dodgers improved their record to a Major League best 24-9 while stretching their lead in the NL West to a full five games over the San Diego Padres, while the Giants fell a half game behind Philadelphia for the leagues final wild card spot.
Following the game San Francisco departed for a brief five game row trip that starts with a weekend series in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks before moving on to Denver for a pair of games against the Rockies. Tyler Anderson (1-1, 3.45), coming off his first Major League complete game, faces Arizona’s Zac Gallen (0-0, 2.25) Friday night in the opener.