Giants complete series sweep of Dodgers in L.A.

The Dodgers suffer first sweep in Los Angeles against the Giants since 2012.

LOS ANGELES — After experiencing the worst shutout loss at home in 125 years, the Dodgers were unable to bounce back against the Giants in a 7-3 loss on Sunday afternoon. With San Francisco’s win over Los Angeles, the Giants successfully swept the Dodgers in LA for the first time since 2012. The Dodgers also allowed the Giants to score 29 runs during the series, which marks the most runs San Francisco has ever scored in a three game series at Dodger stadium. To make matters worse, the loss allowed the Giants to bypass the Dodgers for second place in the NL West division standings. Los Angeles now sits in third place, trailing San Francisco by half a game and barely holding onto the third Wild Card spot by maintaining a one game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Here are three takeaways from Sunday’s loss against San Francisco:

Career high earned runs for Gonsolin

Tony Gonsolin began his start on Sunday by retiring the first nine batters he faced. Despite lacking velocity on his fastball, Gonsolin found success with his splitter and slider — utilizing the two pitches to collect five strikeouts through three innings of work. However, Gonsolin’s perfect game bid came to a close in the top of the fourth when LaMonte Wade Jr. reached on a walk and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Michael Conforto for the Giants’ first lead of the day. Later that inning, Gonsolin surrendered his first hit of the game to Mike Yastrzemski for an RBI single which increased the Giants’ lead to two. Gonsolin managed to allow only one more run to San Francisco in the fifth, but struggled to contain the Giants’ lineup during their third time through the batting order in the sixth. With runners on base, Gonsolin surrendered back-to-back doubles to go along with an RBI single, allowing seven earned runs to the Giants and marking a career high in earned runs since his Major League debut in 2019.

Betts remarkarble at shortstop

Mookie Betts made his eighth career start at shortstop on Sunday for the Dodgers and he did not disappoint. In the top of the sixth, Betts was shifted nearly behind second base with left handed batter Michael Conforto at the plate for San Francisco. On a 3-1 pitch, Conforto rocketed a line drive back up the middle and passed Gonsolin on the mound. Betts showed off his athleticism by ranging well over to the second basemen’s side of the bag and onto the outfield grass to pick Conforto’s one hop line drive into his glove. Betts then spun his body towards his opposite shoulder and let loose a perfect tag throw to Michael Busch at third base to retire the Giants runner attempting to advance, as if he were gunning a runner from the outfield.

Ninth inning rally attempt

Despite finding themselves down 7-2 going into the home half of the ninth, the Dodgers found a way to bring the tying run to the plate twice. Pinch hitter Jonny Deluca laced a leadoff double before Miguel Rojas walked to give the Dodgers two runners on base with no outs. Betts then grounded into a fielders choice, retiring Deluca on a 6-5 putout. Freddie Freeman then stepped up to the plate and reached on an error from Wade Jr. at first base to load the bases for LA with one out. San Francisco responded by bringing Camilo Doval out of the bullpen in an attempt to secure the victory for the Giants. Doval’s first pitch grazed Will Smith’s elbow and brought in a run for the Dodgers, narrowing the Giants lead to 7-3. With only one out and David Peralta representing the tying run for the Dodgers, Doval fired a 101 mph cutter to strike out Peralta and record a second out for LA. The Dodgers last remaining hope rested on the shoulders of Major League veteran J.D. Martinez, who then flied out to right field to record the final out of the game and secure a sweep for San Francisco.

With Sunday’s loss, the Dodgers have now lost 18 out of their last 30 games. The Dodgers losing skid comes as a result of a team littered with injuries and a struggling bullpen. LA will look to recover from a disappointing series against their NL West rival when they begin a quick two-game series against the Angels on Tuesday.