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Nobody had any idea that the Giants’ streak of 13 games without an error was the longest since the William McKinley administration, at least. (AP)
The official scorer could’ve flipped a coin on this one, and he ruled it a hit. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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LOS ANGELES – When Matt Cain turned toward second base and threw a cutter into center field, he did more than set up a scoring rally for the Dodgers Thursday night.
He stopped the Giants’ longest errorless streak in modern franchise history.
Yes, it snuck up on everyone – even the Giants’ media relations staff. Nobody had any idea that the Giants’ streak of 13 games without an error, which they carried into Thursday’s series opener at Dodger Stadium, was the longest since the William McKinley administration, at least.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the Giants’ longest run of errorless games since at least 1900. They can’t go back further than that.
What was almost comical is that the Dodgers flashed that graphic on their telecast in the second inning – and a few seconds later, third baseman Pablo Sandoval couldn’t handle Andre Ethier’s grounder. The official scorer could’ve flipped a coin on this one, and he ruled a hit. Then, second baseman Marco Scutaro dropped an easy fly ball in shallow right field for what seemed like the billionth time this season. But that wasn’t an error, either, because Ethier held up and was forced out at second base.
Then came Cain’s throw after he fielded A.J. Ellis’ grounder. There was no other way to interpret the ball rolling in center field to put runners at the corners.
E1. Streak over.
“That one inning, we just had trouble catching the ball,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the 3-2, 10-inning loss. “Matt is as good as any pitcher fielding his position. We have been playing so much better defensively. That’s what I’ve been pleased with.”
Of all the teams to play this string of error-free games, it had to be this team, right? They’ve given away too many outs to count this year – one of the more significant reasons they’re at the bottom of the NL West one year after winning the World Series.