San Francisco Giants fail to sweep Tigers Sunday Night


Sep 7, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants pitching coach

Dave Righetti

(33) talks to starting pitcher

Tim Hudson

(17) and catcher

Buster Posey

(28) in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants wanted a sweep Sunday night in Detroit, especially after the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to complete the sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Things were setting up nicely for the Giants with the veteran Tim Hudson on the mound against spot starter Kyle Lobstein. The Giants offense has been great as of late also.

Things got rocky early though for Hudson when he gave up a soft infield single to Andrew Romine that Joaquin Arias couldn’t get to in time. Romine stole second for the 3rd stolen base of the game against Hudson which set up the Torii Hunter RBI single with 2 outs. Then Miguel Cabrera came up and did what triple crown winners do with a 2 run home run to put the Tigers up 3-0.

In the top of the 5th, Gregor Blanco hit a 1 out double to get something going for the Giants offense. Brandon Crawford had a productive out advancing Blanco to 3rd and Angel Pagan singled him home to get the Giants on the board. The Giants would threaten in the top of the 7th with 2 on and no outs but the top of the order couldn’t get anything done again, stranding a pair.

Javier Lopez came in to try and keep the game close and got Romine to hit a grounder to short that ate Brandon Crawford up giving them a lead off base runner to start the 7th. George Kontos then came in and gave up a double to Ian Kinsler that scored Romine after he stole second base again. Kontos was able to get Torii Hunter to ground out advancing Kinsler to 3rd. Kontos then hung a slider to Miguel Cabrera to score Kinsler. Jeremy Affeldt came in to relieve Kontos but gave up a double to Victor Martinez before getting out of the inning making it 6-1 Tigers.

The Giants were once again trying to get something going in the 8th with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out and failed yet again to manufacture any runs. Matt Duffy singled in the 9th and Andrew Susac was able to draw a walk but Angel Pagan almost hit into a game ending triple play and Joe Panik eventually made the 3rd out to end the game.

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In a rare game where the offense couldn’t make anything happen and the bullpen couldn’t keep the score close, the Giants took the loss Sunday night but still walk away with a series win against a tough Tigers team. The offense is bound to struggle but as long as it doesn’t go back into a prolonged slump, the Giants remain in a good spot. Take advantage of the off day on Monday and focus on the Diamondbacks.

In other news, Brandon Belt has been cleared to resume baseball activities and he could be a difference maker in this line up if he can find the stroke he had at the beginning of the year. Michael Morse is experiencing pain where he received an injection to help with his oblique and is questionable to return to the line up on Tuesday.