The Giants were on the verge of a training victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, but then the ninth inning took place.
While Tyler Rodgers managed to escape a sticky situation closer to keep the Giants’ 4-3 victory over the Cubs, it was worth it.
With one in the ninth, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo cut a slow roller to a short stop. When the Giants moved slightly, Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford came together on the ball.
It is unusual to see miscommunication between two veteran players, but Longoria and Crawford collided at a scary moment. A breakthrough scored in the game, but attention turned to Longoria, which remained for a few minutes on the dirt inside. Crawford bounced back and stayed in the game.
Longoria was attended by manager Gabe Kapler and the team̵
After the victory, Kapler said that Longoria was in pain and was still being examined by the team’s medical staff in the training room and that he believed that the third baseman had injured his left shoulder or collarbone.
“So proud of the way our team sacrificed their body,” Kapler said after the match. “These guys are going hard. I really feel for Longo and Crow, but in this case, Longo, he’s constantly working to heal his body and keep his body healthy. He has such high quality bats and he plays great defense. You feel like he must be rewarded for all this with health.
“It’s just really nasty to get something that was a great game, slightly worsened by this game. Really disappointed for him and I have a lot of respect for both him and Crowe for the way they went after this ball.”
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In flyball between two outside players, one usually calls the other, but inside this is not usually done because things move so fast.
“Balls are not called that,” Kapler said. “These are two guys who are great at … the elite in defending their positions, turning the land 100 percent out and sometimes that happens. You don’t see it very often inside, but it happens and no one is guilty. “
The Giants won their third consecutive victory over the dice and improved to MLB-best 37-21, but their main concern now is the health of Longoria, which has a resurgent season with nine homers, 30 RBI and .892 OPS.