Orioles Take Series; Giants 2, Orioles 10

By Alex Pettitt

This game started off strangely. Matt Cain retired the first three batters in the first inning, this has not happened in a long time. Then in the bottom of the first, our leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro hit a single. To make things even stranger, he scored in the first inning on a double from Brandon Belt. As if we were in the twilight zone or something, Hunter Pence came to the plate with two outs and a runner in scoring position and wouldn’t you know, he knocked in another run. But wait there were other stranger things going on at AT&T Park, free swinging Pablo Sandoval came to the plate and, wait for it….

 ….walked. What is this whole trusting the person behind you in the lineup thing that’s going around? Unfortunately, Bud Norris held the fort down and did not allow another run.

Aug 11, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) heads to third during the first inning in a game against the Baltimore Orioles at AT

The Giants had a 2-0 lead through the sixth inning, when Baltimore finally got on the board against Matt Cain. Bochy chose to keep Cain in the game to start the seventh and the first hitter had a lead off double. After striking out the next batter, J.J. Hardy hit a two run home-run to give Baltimore the lead.

In the eighth inning Jose Mijares imploded by allowing three runs and no outs. At the end of the eighth the Gmen had no way of coming back from a 7-2 deficit.

In the ninth inning, we learned that at the end of the season, Barry Zito will be receiving a $7 million dollar check from the Giants with a note saying, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!” Zito gave up a three run homerun to Adam Jones increasing the Giants deficit to 10-2.

Madison Bumgarner and Gio Gonzalez will go head to head on Tuesday when the Giants travel to Washington for a three game series with the Nationals.