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Webb roughed up as SF Giants stumble into trade deadline with loss to Dodgers

By Evan Webeck

SAN FRANCISCO — In the bottom of the first inning Monday night, the Giants accomplished something they failed to do once while being swept last week in Los Angeles: they finished an inning with the lead.

All too quickly, though, the Dodgers showed that nothing much had changed in a week. The Giants continued to stumble toward Tuesday’s trade deadline. Los Angeles’ rampage through the NL West merely found a new setting.

By the top of the second, the Dodgers had taken the lead and would only add to it the rest of the way. An 8-2 defeat was the Giants’ fifth straight loss to their division rivals and halted a brief two-game winning streak. On the eve of the trade deadline, the Giants (51-52) failed to climb back above .500 and fell 4.5 games out of playoff position.

Yet, with hours to go until Tuesday’s 3 p.m. PT deadline, Carlos Rodón and the Giants’ other potential trade candidates remained on the roster. A small swap of minor leaguers with the Rays (RHP Jeremy Walker for C/IF Ford Proctor) was their only action Monday.

The one player likely off limits in any trade discussions, Logan Webb, did not have a night to remember, though Monday’s start will go down in his personal record books.

The Dodgers tagged Webb for six runs and forced him from the game after five innings, despite throwing only 83 pitches. The six runs were the most allowed by Webb in eight career starts against the Dodgers and 32 starts at Oracle Park.

The Giants took an early 1-0 lead when David Villar drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first, but Webb coughed it up in the ensuing top half of the second on a two-run home run to Max Muncy. Muncy’s go-ahead homer — which barely cleared the glove of a leaping Austin Slater in center field for his seventh at Oracle Park, tied for the most of any opponent — started a trend as the first of all five Los Angeles RBI hits to come against Webb’s offspeed.

Catcher Will Smith drove in two more runs on a pair of doubles off Webb’s slider, and first baseman Freddie Freeman knocked in another with a single off another one of Webb’s sliders. After Muncy’s two-run shot in the second, the Dodgers plated three more in the third and added a sixth run off Webb in his fifth and final inning.

Wilmer Flores, a natural trade candidate as a productive veteran on an expiring contract, made it a 6-2 game in the fifth with a solo shot to left field. While Rodón and Joc Pederson has garnered more attention in the rumor mill, Flores has been the Giants’ most consistent hitter this season, increasing his homer total to 16 and his RBI total to 56, a team-high and three away from a personal best.

Source: Paradise Post