The Giants lineup has been bad this season. Rock bottom was arguably being no-hit by Homer Bailey earlier this week. But the first time it was comically bad might have been Saturday afternoon when it managed to do something even tee-ballers have little problem with.
The Giants had a run taken off the board in the bottom of the first inning when it was determined they batted out of order. Buster Posey knocked home Gregor Blanco with a one-out double down the right field line to take a 1-0 lead. The only problem was that Posey was supposed to be Pablo Sandoval. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly came out to protest. Both the Dodgers and umpires’ lineup cards had Sandoval in the three hole and Posey hitting cleanup, even though the stadium scoreboard indicated vice versa.
Lineup was posted right in dugout, but players go by the board in clubhouse and on the scoreboard. #sfgiants
— Joe Stiglich (@joestiglich) July 7, 2013
As per the rules, Blanco was sent back to third, Sandoval was declared out without ever stepping into the box, and Posey went to bat again as the proper No. 4 spot batter, only to fly out to end the inning.
Before you go thinking, “Can’t these knuckleheads do anything right this year?” the Giants are actually blaming an error with a new electronic lineup display (pictured above with what ultimately proved to be the wrong lineup) in their clubhouse at AT&T Park that’s just two days old (or, as Dave Righetti referred to it on the Fox broadcast, the “new-fangled” electronic display).
Clearly, somewhere between when the lineup was written and when it was exchanged with the umpires and the Dodgers, somebody royally messed up. Anywhere else, this is where some poor intern gets thrown under the bus and told to box up their belongings, but instead Bruce Bochy was the one calling out, “My bad.”
“The buck stops here,” Bochy said, assuming all the blame.
“You feel horrible,” he said. “There’s not a worse feeling. At that point, you’re going, ‘Geez, what’s going on?’ We’ve had a lot of things happen, and now that. That was a huge game for us. I would’ve felt horrible if that would’ve played a part in us not winning.”
The Giants survived the embarrassment, however, and won the game, 4-2. Yasiel Puig struck out four times batting in his proper spot in the lineup.
[photo via Carl Steward]