Yeah, I know that headline mixes metaphors. But I'm a little drunk after seeing the Dodgers, who took the Giants' tragic number down 50% since the series began, pass on the opportunity to deliver the fatal blow to the Giants in this three-game series. Is it because the Dodgers are merciful? Not so much, given Matt Kemp's fifth-inning HR, a three-run shot and his 35th on the season; or, James Loney's ninth-inning RBI single that brought the tying run to the plate.
But in losing tonight, the Dodgers let the Giants squirm with a minuscule Tragic Number of 2 (4 in the NL West), at least for another couple of heartbeats or so.