Thursday, September 24, 2015

No mercy in September

Last night's game had to be one of the most painful of the season. Nice recap by Chris Haft for mlb.com 


SAN DIEGO -- Excuses don't exist in the high-wire act known as relief pitching, as the Giants were painfully reminded in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.
It's unfair to find fault with San Francisco's relievers in a game such as this one, when the offense musters four hits and goes 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Moreover, the Giants' bullpen has thrived for much of the season, ranking third in the league in ERA (3.10) and fewest losses (16) entering Wednesday.
But September baseball is especially unforgiving for teams such as the Giants, whose chances of catching the Dodgers in the National League West became virtually nonexistent with Jedd Gyorko's walk-off hit for San Diego against Giants closer Santiago Casilla. Los Angeles' magic number for eliminating the Giants dwindled to five with 11 games to play. So when the bullpen squanders leads of 2-0 and 3-2, as the Giants' relievers did against the Padres, it's glaring, regardless of prior successes.

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