Making another entry in the annals of soul-destroying, confidence-eroding, early-career disastrous showings (see: Pederson, Joc), Don Mattingly made sure Carlos Frias was not only torched, but his ashes were smoldering and blown into the wind, before removing him from today's game. Mattingly let Frias struggle through 11 batters and six earned runs (which ballooned to 8 ER thanks to reliever Scott Elbert), inflating Frias' ERA to 6.58 and ruining any hope of self-confidence this young guy had. Way to go, Donnie!
With .116 batter Tim Federowicz behind the plate today (0-for-4), it wasn't like we were poised for victory. Darwin Barney and Miguel Rojas, both of whom also started today's game, eked out two late-game RBI. But it still sucks to lose such a close game.
Giants won, albeit barely, but as expected given Madison Bumgarner's start. So the lead is two games, with 10 to play. The Dodgers start a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs. Get ready for a 1-3 showing.