San Francisco Giants swept by Washington Nationals in sixth straight loss; Giants 0 for 6 on road trip


Jul 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (second from left) argues with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi (left) after pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (right) is thrown out of the game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Swept. Again. The Giants were swept by the Marlins to begin the road trip, and by the Nationals to end it. That is not going to be a pleasant plane ride home.

Unbelievable. I’m speechless.

Usually, when the Giants are having a bad patch, we can zero in on the problem. Then the Giants come up with a plan and they fix it.

That isn’t happening.

June is over, so we can’t blame it on the swoon. The weather hasn’t been bad, so we can’t blame it on the rain. If the Giants were drinking we could “Blame it on the a a a a a a alcohol” like Jamie Foxx says, but they aren’t, so that’s not it either.

Whatever it is, I hope they get it fixed soon.

The most exciting thing that happened during Sunday’s game was Brandon Crawford’s solo home fun in the fourth inning. Then manager Bruce Bochy and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong were unceremoniously bounced from the game by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. Tossed. Ejected.

Bochy and Vogelsong both had a legitimate gripe–Cuzzi’s strike zone was inconsistent, all over the place. Let’s face it, that happens. Pitch calls are subject to human foible.

But even the ESPN announcers agreed: the bad calls that the announcers questioned were all directed at the Giants. That can lead to tempers flaring and insults flying. In this instance, though, Vogey insists that he didn’t say anything to Cuzzi. He got tossed anyway.

Before he was so rudely interrupted, Vogelsong was pitching a decent game. He got into a couple of tight spots, but he was able to work out of them. He pitched four innings and gave up one run on three hits and three walks. He struck out two.

George Kontos, the Giants reliever, pitched one and a third innings and gave up a home run. Javier Lopez faced one hitter, giving up one run on one hit. Josh Osich and Hunter Strickland also made appearances from the bullpen. The final score was: Giants 1, Nationals 3

The Giants are scheduled to take an early flight back to San Francisco where they are scheduled to host the Mets Monday night. Chris Heston will be in the hill for the Giants. Remember the last time he faced the Mets? Hesto Presto no hit the Mets in New York. I hope he waves his magic wand again. Abracadabra.