With a 6 game lead and 3 weeks to go, maybe it is over. S.F. does not have their closer, has not been hitting and, overall, has not been playing well. The Diamondbacks are coming off a 9 game winning streak, and are basically the hottest team in baseball.
But are they Diamondbacks taking this series seriously? They seemed unfocussed last night. Twice outfielders missed the cut and there was a bizarre mistake by the 3rd base coach (Williams) --holding Upton on a play where the giants had already conceded the run. Together these may well have changed the outcome of the game.
In the 3rd inning the left fielder missed the cut-off (it happens). The giants 3rd base coach had strangely decided to send Ross (2 outs what the Heck?) and had the player backing up the cut made a serious effort to get the ball he could have easily throw out Ross at home. Then Beltran does not hit the 2 run home run. That, and the extra run in the 1st, probably would have iced the giants, but it didn't happen and the giants gained some confidence and a tiny bit of momentum. It seemed odd to me. Normally a hot and confident team (AZ) does not make so many fundamental errors or do unsound things. What is going on here?