The San Francisco Giants rolled out a brand new lineup today to face the St. Louis Cardinals, and well, it didn’t do much for them as they lost 7-2, and the series, before heading to San Diego tomorrow.
Madison Bumgarner continued to struggle at AT&T Park. He gave up 6 hits and allowed 4 earned runs (plus 1 unearned), including a 2-run blast in the 1st inning off Jhonny Peralta. You pretty much knew at that point that the Cards were here to win this series. However, Bumgarner worked hard at the plate tonight, knocking in the first run for the Giants in the 3rd inning and getting the game within one run. Bumgarner lasted just 5 innings and he and Cain are bound and determined to sink both my fantasy and real life teams.
The only other run the Giants could scrape together today was a 6th inning run by Tyler Colvin. He scored after a Brandon Crawford single and a throwing error by the Cards. The run was unearned, but the Giants would take it. Of course, by that point, the Cards had went ahead 6-2.
The top of the batting order just didn’t do it today. Pence went 1 for 4 after moving to the leadoff spot, but struck out twice. Buster Posey had the only other hit managed by the 1 – 5 guys.
The return of Brandon Belt tomorrow could add some new life to the Giants lineup. I’m sure Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean are praying for that, anyway. It’ll be interesting to see where Bochy slips him in the lineup, but he could add some much needed power, and hopefully re-invigorate this once promising team.