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Melvin, Giants frustrations spill over into an infuriating Rays loss

Melvin, Giants’ frustrations spill over into vexing Rays loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The Giants are frustrated. You can see it on their faces after another lifeless, infuriating loss.

San Francisco lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field, their eighth loss in the last 10 games and their seventh time scoring three or fewer points in a game this season.

Rookie right-handed pitcher Keaton Winn (L, 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) started for the Giants and pitched relatively well, but the offense again failed to get going. beginner.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Winn was far from satisfied with his performance, perhaps his best of the young 2024 MLB season. The 26-year-old admitted he didn’t have his best command and especially regretted a bases-loaded walk to Yandy Díaz with two outs in the bottom of the second inning that gave Tampa Bay an early 1-0 lead.

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That was far from the only frustrating moment for the Giants on Friday. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Amed Rosario doubled Harold Ramirez to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead before Rosario advanced to third base and appeared to be thrown out with a mile before third baseman Matt Chapman was called for obstruction.

The run would have scored anyway, but the call was still frustrating for Melvin, who wasn’t sure what his star third baseman could have done differently to clear Rosario’s path to base.

“That will look funny all year long,” Melvin said. “I’m not sure… I think he has to jump out of the way, I don’t know. It seemed like he got out pretty easily. It’s the first time we’ve seen it called that.”

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An already frustrated Melvin was then ejected in the top of the seventh inning for arguing over a call, after design hitter Jorge Soler was called out on a strikeout with two outs and two runners on base.

Melvin was asked after the game exactly what he was arguing about before home plate umpire Clint Vondrak threw him out of the game.

“That it was a ball for Soler,” Melvin said. “He called top-of-the-zone all game and he called the one that hasn’t been called yet. It looked like it was way below the zone in that situation. To me, it was pretty egregious.”

Soler agreed with his manager’s assessment after the match and appreciated his skipper’s show of support.

“I expressed my feelings to (the referee) that the ball was very low and inside and that I was not happy with the strike call,” Soler said of his interaction with Vondrak.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the night for the Giants was their 0-for-10 clip at home plate with runners in scoring position. An early trend that has hurt them far too often so far this season.

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“I just wasn’t getting great at-bats in those situations…if you can’t get it done, it’s a results-oriented business,” Melvin added. “So yes, we have to be better.”

“Everyone understands that there will be ups and downs… things will change, things will get better,” Winn said.

If the Giants hitters want to wake up, there’s no better time than Saturday with top prospect Logan Webb on the mound, who has historically received very little support over the years. Webb (0-1, 4.86 ERA) will face Rays righty Ryan Pepiot (1-1, 4.63 ERA) at 1:10 PM PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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