Giants' playoff hopes fading but not lost after deflating 2-6 road trip

Giants stay looking forward to turnaround after dismal highway journey initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

There isn’t loads going proper for the Giants proper now.

To begin, their dismal 2-6 highway journey ended Sunday with an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins and marked the seventh time the group has been swept this season.

Across these eight video games, San Francisco was outscored 46-25 by three groups in as many states — two of which maintain data far beneath .500 — and missed an opportunity to make up some floor within the NL wild-card race.

From Target Field on Sunday, supervisor Gabe Kapler put the group’s deflating highway journey into easy phrases whereas acknowledging their playoff possibilities aren’t lifeless but.

“Not good enough. Not up to anybody in this clubhouse’s standards,” Kapler informed reporters after the sport. “I think we have to come back home and keep our heads down, keep grinding, keep working every day and understand that there’s still time, and really fight and scratch and claw to stay in this thing.”

The freefall couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Giants, who’re struggling to remain afloat within the wild-card standings. While they haven’t been mathematically eradicated from rivalry, they at the moment sit 7 1/2 video games behind the San Diego Padres for the NL’s last playoff spot.

Prior to their 2-6 highway journey, San Francisco was 5 1/2 video games again. And throughout this pivotal stretch the place they wanted their lineup wholesome, the group hasn’t been so fortunate.

First baseman Brandon Belt’s power knee points landed him on the IL once more on Wednesday, and Kapler is “mildly” involved Evan Longoria might find yourself there as nicely after exiting Sunday’s recreation with hamstring tightness.

Longoria has been San Francisco’s hottest hitter as of late, slashing .293/.348/.610 throughout his final 15 video games.

Even earlier than Sunday’s matchup, the Giants had been already shorthanded. The recreation’s last lineup was delayed as Kapler determined who was in the very best place to play outfield between Joc Pederson, coping with groin tightness, Mike Yastrzemski, who has a calf challenge, or an under-the-weather Luis González (h/t Susan Slusser).

Giants pitcher Jakob Junis was handed Sunday’s loss and hopes the group can get again on observe — and again within the race — once they return to Oracle Park on Monday.

“Personally, my attitude is hopefully just flush this whole series, flush this game and move on to get back home in San Francisco and play in front of our fans, and hopefully put up some good games,” Junis mentioned. “… Just forget about this road trip, these last four or five games, and try to look ahead and get in front of our home crowd and put some stuff together.”

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After their newest defeat, the Giants have matched their season-worst document at 4 video games beneath the .500 mark (61-65).

The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves stay forward of them within the wild-card race, together with the Padres.

But with three video games apiece towards the Padres and Phillies throughout this week’s homestand, now could be an ideal time for the Giants to take Junis’ recommendation.

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