The television in the visiting manager’s office at Chase Field showed the final inning of Saturday’s second-most important game for Dave Roberts.
As San Francisco attempted to close out St. Louis, Roberts kept his eyes pinned on the reporters surrounding him as he discussed a 6-2 Dodgers victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants always reside on his periphery, but rarely are his focus.
“We’re all looking at the scoreboard,” Roberts said. “But it’s a nice position for us to be in, to just control our own fate, and to win baseball games.”
A few minutes later, the San Francisco bullpen did what it has done so often in the second half. It collapsed,...