SF Giants swept by Yankees after letting late lead slip away

SAN FRANCISCO — The first one, apparently, wasn’t sweet enough. Juan Soto needed an overhaul.

There was no way to top his second bat flip, which hung in the air and spun for seemingly as many rotations as it took for the baseball to rocket to find the sea of ​​fans atop the brick wall in right field. The flamboyant Yankees superstar’s second home run of the afternoon sent shockwaves through the sold-out crowd at a sun-drenched Oracle Park, which had seemed reasonable until the explosion of Soto’s ninth inning that they would go home happy.

The Bronx Bombers are inevitable, even against Camilo Doval.

The Giants’ closer was scored for four runs – Soto providing the first two – and earned his second blown save of the season in a 7-5 loss that the Giants led by two heading into the ninth inning. After winning two of three games against the best team in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies, to start the game at home, the Giants were swept in three games by the team with the best record in baseball and finished the six-game streak at 2-4. .

Called upon to protect a 5-3 advantage, Doval was uncharacteristically hit, allowing a leadoff single to Yankees No. 8 hitter Gleyber Torres to start the inning and four hits total – to go with two walks, one more typical sign. something was wrong – before he was replaced by Taylor Rogers, who needed a pitch to record the final out.

The four hits, the final coming on a Giancarlo Stanton double that scored Judge, were more than Doval had allowed in any of his previous 189 career appearances, negating the Giants’ best offensive performance since the first game of the home game.

Every member of the Giants’ starting lineup reached base at least once — including three hits from Jorge Soler and two from Casey Schmitt, who added a homer for the second straight game — and the offensive effort completed them. helped hold off another short outing from Blake Snell, who exited 4⅔ of the inning with left groin tightness.

The five points were the most the Giants had scored in a game since finishing eighth on Monday in the home opener. They had accumulated seven points in total in the four games since, representing a brief setback from the progress their sticks have made over the past month.

Leading the way for the first time in his major league career, Heliot Ramos drove in three of the Giants’ five runs with two hits that each broke a tie score in favor of the home team.

In his second at-bat, Ramos fired a solo shot to left field that opened up a 2-1 advantage. And for the fourth time with two outs in the sixth inning, after the Yankees tied the score at 3, Ramos lined a single to left field that brought home Soler and Luis Matos to make it 5-3 .

The severity of Snell’s illness was not immediately known, although it occurred in the same area where another muscle strain forced Snell to miss last month. Manager Bob Melvin, pitching coach Bryan Price and coach Dave Groeschner all headed to the mound after Snell grimaced and his 99th and final pitch sailed high and wide of the strike zone, allowing Stanton to load the bases with two outs in the fourth. inning.

Before his outing, Snell had held the Yankees to one run – one undoubtedly from Soto beyond Triples Alley in the first inning – and struck out seven while keeping opposing hitters off balance with a mid-high fastball 90 and a big breaking curveball. Those two pitches accounted for 10 of the 14 swings and misses recorded by the southpaw.

Melvin called on compatriot Erik Miller, who gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Alex Verdugo, who allowed two more runs to be scored, both credited to Snell, who still lowered his ERA at 9.51 compared to 10.42.

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