Giants series recap: San Francisco swept by Pirates, losing streak moves to five

By Toni Cecchetti
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Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Nori Aoki (23) after fouling the ball off his leg during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Game 3

Wednesday was a day game and I was looking forward to an easy, relaxing lunch game. It doesn’t get better than that, right?

I can’t believe I actually thought this, but I did. I thought it couldn’t get worse. I was resigned to the fact that we lost the series—any hope of winning the series went down in flames with Tuesday night’s loss. But I never dreamed the Pirates would sweep us—not in a million years. The baseball Gods are a fickle bunch, aren’t they?

Hudson pitched a great game–he does that a lot–he pitched 7 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 runs–both earned, one a home run–gave up 1 walk and fanned 6. The Giants didn’t score in the first inning, and to be honest, that made me feel a little bit better. We scored in the first inning two games in a row and that didn’t do us any good. The first base runner for the game was Tim Hudson, who trotted into second with a ground-rule double in the third and later scored. When you consider his lack of run support this season, it makes sense for him to get out there and get the job done himself.

The Pirates scored one in the fourth to tie, added the go-ahead run in the fifth and piled on three more insurance runs in the ninth. The Giants staged a rally in the ninth–with one out, Andrew Susac hit a single, followed by Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt–both pinch hitting, both hit singles to load the bases. Brandon Crawford came to the plate and I thought–“this could do it”. But it didn’t-not completely anyway. Crawford ground out, allowing Susac to make it home and adding to Crawford’s impressive-and rapidly increasing RBI total.

Final score: Giants 2, Pirates 5

And now it’s on to Washington to try to right the ship.

What? We’re not playing in D.C.? Just going to The White House? Oh, well, that’s probably good. No Pirates allowed there.