Angry Gabe Kapler ejected after Jarlin Garcia appears to taunt Mookie Betts


It was a tough series for Gabe Kapler and the Giants.

They entered Thursday’s matchup trying to stave off their second four-game sweep from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers since the All-Star break. The Giants couldn't make it happen. For the first time since 1977, the Dodgers came into San Francisco and left with a four-game sweep, by virtue of a 5-3 win.

So, Kapler’s motor was probably already running in the middle of Thursday’s game, after seeing his team’s one-run lead quickly evaporate into a deficit on a three-run homer from Mookie Betts in the fourth inning. Following an exchange between Giants reliever Jarlín García and the Betts in the sixth inning, Kapler got into it with the umpires before getting tossed.

Clearly, Kapler was livid.

(Also if you want an Easter egg, it appears former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is wearing a Giants cap in the background)

The whole spat began after García struck out James Outman to end the top of the sixth inning. As he walked off the mound, García pointed towards Betts in the on-deck circle and tapped his head, appearing to taunt him. Both benches were warned before the umps came over to the home dugout and spoke with Kapler, who erupted and was ejected for the fifth time in his career.

After the game, Blake Harris of True Blue LA shared a video breakdown of what transpired throughout the inning before García taunted the Dodgers.

Kapler’s rage was due to more than just this episode, where he appeared to be defending his team. The Giants went 11-17 in July and are winless in August.

"Who wouldn't be frustrated?" Kapler said, via Bay Area News Group's Evan Webeck. "We're all frustrated. We don't want to play like this."

Kapler told reporters after the game he wishes he handled the situation better.

"I wasn't happy with it and probably didn't handle it perfectly," Kapler said.

"It's competing," García said, via Webeck. "That's what the game is. I got caught up in the moment. Basically what I just tried to do was show them that I'm also competing. ... I just did the same gesture they do when they hit a home run. He did that against me the other day."

Betts and García have some history, as Mookie belted a 3-run homer off the Giants reliever to cap a thrilling 9-6 back-and-forth comeback victory on July 22.

Bench coach Kai Correa, who was brushed off by Kapler during his heated tirade, took over as manager. Considering new Giants outfielder J.D. Davis hit a home run and Clayton Kershaw had to exit in the bottom of the fifth inning with an apparent injury while warming up, it was an eventful day at McCovey Cove.

Ultimately, it was a frustrating one, as Trea Turner added on another insurance run with a solo shot. The Giants (51-54) applied pressure in the ninth and scored a run, but fell to 0-3 since the trade deadline while falling 21.5 games back of the Dodgers, 9.5 games back of the revamped Padres and 5.5 games out of the third NL Wild Card spot.