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San Francisco Giants’ Bullpen Flutters, Offense Stutters In Loss To Dodgers

By Bryan Rose

It was a scene all too reminiscent at AT&T Park this afternoon as Matt Cain was, well, Cain’d. The Giants’ horse tossed 7.1 innings of two run ball, but had to leave without an opportunity for a victory thanks to an ineffective showing from the Giants’ offense. The lineup mustered short of nothing against Dodger starter Chris Capuano, who was only forced to toss 84 pitches in his seven innings of work, while the Dodgers bullpen tight-roped their way through the 8th and 9th before claiming their win.

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In addition to the spotty offensive woes, Jeremy Affeldt was the black sheep for the day as he gave up the eventual winning run thanks to a triple from Adrian Gonzalez – his first triple in just about a year. Affledt allowed a base hit to Hanley Ramirez, plating Gonzalez, and then a walk to Andre Ethier before getting hooked.

It’s been a rough few weeks for Jeremy, as he’s given up 5 earned runs in his last 11 innings of work, despite a very polished 2.85 ERA on the season.

Hunter Pence continued his struggles as a Giant, striking out with what was at the time the go-ahead run in scoring position in the bottom of the 8th, but it was Pablo Sandoval who drew the ire of the Giant faithful, seeing four pitches in his four at-bat’s on the day.

The loss dropped the Giants’ lead in the National West to 4.5 games (5 in the loss column) as the two sides will attempt to take the rubber match tomorrow evening on the ESPN national telecast.

Barry Zito will go for the Giants, while Clayton Kershaw, who was moved up in the rotation, will oppose him for the Dodgers. It’s expected that Matt Kemp will miss the series finale.