September 26, 2022
SF Giants' blowout loss, series sweep to Padres validates fan concerns

As for the third-place Giants? Well, their lack of star power and mounting injury concerns were on full display at Oracle Park this weekend as they capped off an embarrassing sweep against the Padres with a 10-1 defeat.

The blowout loss dropped San Francisco 5.5 games behind Los Angeles in the National League West with nearly a quarter of the season now complete. The Giants sat 4.5 games back in the division in April of last season and were still two games back of the Dodgers following a sweep on May 23 of last season, but Buster Posey isn’t walking through those clubhouse doors again.

Immediate help isn’t on the way either, as two of the team’s top left-handed sluggers, Brandon Belt and LaMonte Wade Jr., landed on the injured list over the weekend with knee inflammation. Shortly after manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday that Wade would likely miss a few weeks with a bone bruise, the Giants placed Belt on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 19.

“We just didn’t swing the bats well enough, play good enough defense, make enough pitches to be the better team in this series,” Kapler said. “They were clearly the better team in this series and we have to improve.”

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