Giants Lose 3-1 To Pirates With Dead Bats

By Denise Walos

Madison Bumgarner recorded his fourth loss in a row for the Giants after pitching a great game that unfortunately resulted in a 3-1 loss against the Pirates. He pitched a solid 8 innings allowing 7 hits, 3R, 3 ER, 4BB, 5K.

Bumgarner Pitching In The Second Inning of the Giants/Pirates game at AT&T Park on 8/23/13. Photo by Denise Walos.

Charlie Morton recorded the win for the Pirates and only gave up one run on 7 H, 1 BB, 3K in  7.2 innings. He only threw 83 pitches when he was taken out and replaced by LHP Tony Watson who came in to face Brandon Belt. Don’t they know Belt can hit against lefties? Just not this time. Horrible strike three call by the home plate umpire.

Roger Kieschnick drove in the only run of the game for the Giants in the 4th inning. It was a a lucky hit as you can see from this shot I took from the View Box.

Kieschnick hits a ball into shallow left field on Friday, luckily not fielded by any of the three Pirates. Photo by Denise Walos

The Pirates didn’t score until the 7th inning until Clint Barmes, the Pirates 8th place hitter batting .223 in 2013, hit a three run home run. If it weren’t for that ONE hit… How many times have we said that this season? If we could just take away that hit. Or that inning…and unfortunately the Giants couldn’t get anything else going offensively to get a win for themselves or Bumgarner tonight.

The Giants just can’t score runs. Their bats have been quiet for awhile this season. Ok let’s be honest, the bats are dead. Why can ever other team in MLB come to AT&T Park and hit home runs? I really think that we overuse the ballpark excuse. People can hit home runs in San Francisco. Just not the Giants.

The Pirates have 20 more wins than the Giants. They are now 76-52 and in first place in the National League Central. The Giants are now 56-72, are 20 games back from the Dodgers who have the same record as the Pirates.