Giants fans had reason to be optimistic about this game. They had Brandon Belt back at first base, Posey behind the plate and Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Bumgarner, who pitched a one-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds his last time out, has been one of the Giants most consistent starting pitchers this season.
Giants fans who got up early enough to see this 8 A.M. start, saw their offense score three runs in the first inning. Two of those runs were off a Pablo Sandoval home run.
However, the pitching couldn’t keep the Nationals offense in check. Bumgarner allowed 7 runs, along with three home runs. The top four in the lineup was a problem for Bumgarner today, going 7 for 18 with seven hits, four RBI’s and a walk. This includes rookie sensation Bryce Harper, who had two hits on the day.
Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval went a combined 5 for 8 with a homerun, a double and three RBI’s. The rest of the Giants lineup had 25 at bats during the game and could only muster two hits and three walks.
The Nationals’ offense is clicking. However, the Giants’ pitching has not been able to stop it.
Tomorrow Matt Cain (RHP, 9-3, 2.53 ERA) faces off against Ross Detwiler (LHP, 4-3, 3.30 ERA) at 4:05 PST.