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San Francisco Giants: Bumgarner Solid, Giants Lose Again

Mar 5, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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It doesn’t seem like the San Francisco Giants want to win anymore. Today they dropped their eighth game in a row after starting out the spring winning the first three games. However, there is no need to panic because it is only spring training.

The San Francisco Giants lost a close game today against the Kansas City Royals by a score of 4-3. Madison Bumgarner got the start and he looked like normal Bumgarner. He pitched three solid innings, the longest by a Giants pitcher this spring. Yielding only one run and three hits in his three innings of work.

The offense has had a problem scoring runs in the the past couple of games. Today they showed some positive signs. Buster Posey came through with a two-run single to give the Giants the lead at the time. Mac Williamson hit his first home run of the spring in the fourth inning to widen the lead to 3-1.

The left field starter spot is the most intriguing because it is up for grabs. With no clear front runner Williamson made it clear that he still want to be considered for the competition. Jarrett Parker is thought to have the best shot to win the job but there is still plenty of spring to be played.

The bullpen let this lead slip away. The Royals scored a run each in the last three innings of the game to push out in front and eventually escape with the 4-3 victory. Mark Melancon actually had base runners today. So far in spring, he had pitched three perfect innings. Today he got in out of trouble escaping a bases-loaded jam inducing a double play to end the inning.

Today was also the last day for Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford in spring training as they will head out and join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. The Giants next cactus league game will be tomorrow against the defending American League Champions Cleveland Indians. Matt Cain and Ty Blach are scheduled to pitch.

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