Joe Panik hasn’t homered in the last two games, and the San Francisco Giants are suffering as a result.
They were shut out by the Los Angeles Dodgers for a second consecutive night on Sunday, dropping the finale of the four-game series 9-0, splitting the season-opening set while scoring just two runs over the weekend.
Rich Hill was the latest Dodger pitcher to hold the San Francisco offense down, allowing five hits and three walks over six innings but never allowing a hit with a man in scoring position.
Offensively, until Los Angeles (2-2) pulled away with a four-run eighth inning, it was the Yasiel Puig show. The Cuban superstar produced the game’s first run by living up to his “wild horse” nickname, prolonging a rundown after a flyout and making it back to first base safely while Corey Seager scored. His sliding catch in right field to close the top of the sixth inning robbed Brandon Belt of a game-tying hit, and in the bottom half of the frame, Puig followed up a Chris Taylor double with one of his own to make it 2-0. That started a four-run rally, with Josh Osich allowing an RBI single to Yasmani Grandal and a two-run homer to Cody Bellinger before the inning ended. Four more runs in the eighth, surrendered by Roberto Gomez, provided the final margin, with Kiké Hernandez’s two-run double highlighting the surge.
Until the sixth, Giants starter Chris Stratton had been cruising. He ended up being charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out just four but allowing only five hits and no walks.
Like the other starters in the series, he got no run support. Though Puig and the other bats woke up for the Dodgers, San Francisco (2-2) did next to nothing on offense.
New acquisitions Evan Longoria, Andrew McCutchen and Austin Jackson combined to go 2-for-43 in the series. Buster Posey singlehandedly doubled that with four hits on the weekend, including two on Sunday, but with little else to speak of offensively, it made for a long night for the Giants as the reigning NL champions finally came to life on offense in the later innings. Bellinger was hitless entering the night, but broke that with the homer and a single in the eighth. The one Dodger to stay cold on Sunday was Corey Seager, who got his first hit but sits at just 1-for-11 on the young season.