ATLANTA – Camilo Doval thought there were three outs. He allowed a home run on a field he didn’t want to throw on the night after giving up the hit. His frustration boiled over.
So the glove fell off.
“It was just weird… wait a minute,” said giant catcher Austin Wynns, who hugged Doval and helped him regain his composure along with manager Gabe Kapler.
Catcher Travis d’Arno, who was eliminated from Atlanta, was only the second of ninth. This came after Matt Olson turned on a strong heater from the closer Giants and put it on the right field wall, taking the Braves out 12-10.
But once play resumed, it only took Doval one batter to send the Giants back to their hotel with the win, forcing Marcelle Ozuna to swing low and far on the slider to end the game.
After that, Kapler discussed with his loved ones the outwardly emotional moment on the mound. Kapler praised the players for their passionate and energetic play, and Doval, who threw the glove on the ground, was no exception.
#SFGiants Magister Gabe Kapler said he had a conversation with Camilo Doval after he threw his glove on the mound. The disappointments of recent days have spilled out.
“This will not happen again”.
Doval thought this was the final exit from the game.pic.twitter.com/owLNY6Ayyf
— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) June 22, 2022
“A lot has happened to him in the last couple of days,” Kapler said. “He is a young pitcher looking for his own path. A lot of frustration accumulated, and this was just the moment when it splashed out. …
“One of the things I like about Camilo is that he gets very fired up on the mound when he pitches big. It’s never a problem. He should be celebrated in the same way as Jock (Pederson) and all of our other players who show personality and emotion on the pitch. I think it’s a great thing. …
“What I thought was great is that it sparked a discussion both yesterday after the game and today when we were talking about how to get into the zone. Like how to use frustration, how to use setbacks, how to use challenges to really focus and fixate.”
In a conversation with Kapler, Doval told his manager that he would not let that happen again. The 24-year-old closer, who grew up in the Dominican countryside with two dozen siblings, intended to use this as a learning experience.
Since appearing last season with his near-impenetrable triple-digit heater and erase slider combo, Doval has been no stranger to high leverage situations or the spotlight that comes with them. Last year, he was the Giants’ ninth-inning stretcher and made it to the NLDS as they battled the Dodgers en route to a 107-game win and the NL West. He went all of September – 14 ⅓ innings – without a try, but he was also marked by a loss in Game 5 of the NLDS after giving the go-ahead to Cody Bellinger.
“I learned that when you have good moments, you better celebrate them. Because when the bad ones come, there’s not much to celebrate,” Doval said through Spanish translator Ervin Higueros. “There is always something good in the bad, so I think I should go ahead and just get the good out of the bad. I know whatever happens, just leave it in the past, move forward and learn from it.”
Before the single, which he surrendered on Monday night, Doval went 9⅓ innings without a try.
Doval, who turned down interview requests after Monday night’s loss and did not speak Tuesday, explained before Wednesday’s game that the moment of frustration came from Homer Olson, who stung doubly because he was about to throw a slider but went with Winns’ call. to the fastball.
“That’s what the catcher asked for, but I had a slider in my head,” Doval said. “I just do what the catcher asks. Sometimes he asks for a pitch and I strike them out. … Now I always have a contribution, but yesterday I just went with what the catcher asked me to.”
The job of a pitcher like Doval, who has more than two pitches, is to stump the hitter so he can guess which one he will hit. That process is ongoing, Kapler said, especially with Winns at the plate, who was only acquired earlier this month and is still learning the ins and outs of every giant’s pitcher’s arsenal.
“We want to flip a coin in the mind of the attacker,” Kapler said. “I don’t think Camilo would have felt the same way if Olson was out of the game. … He wants to feel more confident no matter what pitch he decides to throw. So we’re working with our catchers and Camilo to make sure he’s the main decision maker. If it creates something too predictable, we will have another group conversation and make adjustments together.”