The San Francisco Giants were defeated 2-1 by the Miami Marlins in late innings at AT&T Park on Thursday evening. The Marlins are in town for a four game series against the Giants. Despite the Marlins having the worst record in baseball (23-49 after their win on Thursday) they brought good pitching to shut out the Giants for 5 1/3 innings.
In the sixth inning, Gregor Blanco hit a single but was caught stealing second base. The only runs from the Giants came in the seventh inning when Brandon Belt hit a double and Joaquin Arias joined the rally by hitting a triple. Nick Noonan followed with a splash hit foul but eventually struck out swinging. Belt was the last and only run the Giants scored.
Chad Gaudin started for the Giants (2-1, 2.83) and pitched a shutout for 4+ innings when he was taken out at the top of the 5th after being hit in the elbow by a line drive by Derek Dietrich. He tried to throw a few pitches after being hit but couldn’t continue the game. X-rays were negative for a fracture but Gaudin did sustain a bruise. He was replaced by Sandy Rosario who pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings. At the top of the eighth inning, Rosario walked Justin Ruggiano. A pitching change was made and Rosario was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt.
With Ruggiano already on 1B, Affeldt went on to hit Derek Dietrich with his first pitch. Pinch-hitter Marcell Ozuna hit a two run single off Affleldt to take the lead from the Giants 2-1. Unfortunately the Giants were unable to score in the bottom of the eighth or ninth innings.
The Giants were 2-5 against the Marlins in 2012 and have not been able to defeat them at home since July 28, 2010. Let’s hope that changes Friday evening with Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.57) taking the mound against Ricky Nolasco (4-7, 3.61).