Rodón loses cool twice as Giants drop sixth straight game


Carlos Rodón had a night to forget Tuesday in Arizona as the Giants dropped their sixth straight game and fell below the .500 mark for the first time during the 2022 MLB season.

Rodón didn't pitch terribly in the Giants' 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, but he lost his composure twice in the dugout, adding injury to insult.

After giving up a two-run homer to Sergio Alcantara in the bottom of the second inning, Rodón returned to the dugout and proceeded to slam his glove against the bench several times. The homer barely got out and was reviewed by the umpires before they deemed it cleared the fence in left.

That was bad enough, but three innings later, Rodón again was angry coming off the mound after the fifth inning. When he got down the dugout steps, he kicked a bat that had been propped up. The bat hit Thairo Estrada in the right leg and the Giants' infielder went down immediately. Wilmer Flores walked over, looked at Rodón with his arms outstretched as if to say 'What are you doing?'

Luckily for Rodón and the Giants (48-49), Estrada wasn't seriously hurt and was able to lead off the top of the sixth inning. He was hit by a pitch and scored all the way from first base on a double by Brandon Belt.

As for Rodón, one of the Giants' two All-Stars this season, he allowed three hits, five earned runs and two walks in six innings pitched while striking out 10.

Rodón has done a good job limiting home runs this season, but Tuesday's game was the first time he has allowed at least two long balls in a game all year, likely leading to some of the anger.

Despite striking out 10 batters, all that will be remembered are Rodón's two dugout blow-ups.

The Giants have hit hard times and frustration is getting the better of them. Manager Gabe Kapler had to have a meeting with rookie outfielder Luis González as he made two baserunning mistakes in Monday's game. Now it appears Kapler will have to pull Rodón aside. There might be a team meeting based on what occurred Tuesday.

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The Giants have yet to win since the All-Star break and they will turn to ace Logan Webb to stop the bleeding Wednesday afternoon. If he's unable to do so, San Francisco will have to get on a plane and fly home having been swept by two division foes on the road.

That would be the complete opposite of a happy flight for Rodón, Webb and the Giants.

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