It’s not so nasty anymore, this rivalry. Still there, certainly, but in recent years
The roots run very deep, however, and Friday night the rivalry was freshened up a tad, intentionally or otherwise, during the Giants’ 3-1 victory before a
No doubt the Giants were not thrilled when left-hander
Belt, who leads the Giants with nine home runs, suffered a broken left thumb.
And very clearly, neither were they excited with
Puig crushed a
Individually, nothing was flagrantly over the top, but perhaps collectively it was too much for San Francisco.
As Puig rounded third and approached the plate, Bumgarner stepped forward and said something to him, and it's probably safe to assume it wasn't to compliment him on how nicely he filled out that uniform.
Puig answered back in kind and the two exchanged a few more words as Puig approached the plate, hands held outward to the left-hander in one of those what's-your-problem gestures.
Mattingly, however, was clearly still miffed about the situation and apparently let his displeasure be known to home plate umpire Will Little, who very quickly ejected him. It was Mattingly's first ejection of the season.
Meanwhile, almost lost in the testiness was the Dodgers again falling flat against the Giants. The defeat dropped them 4 1/2 games back of the Giants in the
Maholm again pitched pretty well, but a two-run homer by
Maholm went 5 2/3 innings, giving up the three runs on three hits and four walks (one intentional). He struck out two.