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San Francisco Giants: Late Rally Not Enough in 4-3 Loss to D-Backs

Apr 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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A late offensive rally was not enough as the San Francisco Giants lose 4-3 to the Diamondbacks on a rainy Tuesday night in San Francisco.

On a day that started off with some unfortunate news when the San Francisco Giants placed Buster Posey on the seven day concussion DL, the Giants scratched even more fan’s heads with the lineup they trotted out for Tuesday night’s game. It was a lineup that many considered would not score many runs, and for the majority of the ballgame it did not.

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However, the saying goes that baseball is a game of inches, and that could have applied at a multitude of moments in Tuesday’s loss.

In the bottom of the second inning the Giants had the bases loaded with two outs when Gorkys Hernandez launched a deep fly ball into left center field, which was caught on the warning track, just inches away from being a grand slam.

In the next half inning, Jeff Samardzija gave up a single to Robbie Ray, the opposing pitcher, AJ Pollock, and later walked Paul Goldschmidt, all leading up to a bases clearing triple to Jake Lamb. What made it even more frustrating was that after looking at the replay it appeared that Hernandez should have caught the ball, which if that were the case only one run would have scored.

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That never was the case, and is no excuse for the Giants shortcomings in this game. The Giants were unable to establish any momentum offensively until the 8th inning. Nick Hundley led the inning off with a double, followed by an infield single from Eduardo Nunez, and then Chris Marrero grounded into a crucial double play ball. Joe Panik would then put the Giants on the board with a two out RBI double, scoring Hundley, but the inning came to a close when Hernandez struck out.

The Giants would rally again with two outs in the ninth inning. Hundley knocked in Hunter Pence, who walked earlier in the inning, on his second double of the game, and Nunez plated Hundley on his fourth single of the night. Unfortunately for the Giants, Brandon Crawford would end the inning with a strikeout, resulting in a 4-3 loss.

Takeaways:

Jeff Samardzija had a quality start. After getting into trouble in the third inning, the Shark did a solid job at keeping the Giants in the game. He finished with a line of 6.2 innings pitched, 5 hits, 3 ER, 4 BB, and 7 K.

Eduardo Nunez is locked in: After tallying four more hits tonight, he now sits at a .389 batting average, and has five stolen bases to go along with it. The Giants need to put him in the leadoff spot because not only is he getting on, but he is a serious threat on the bases and could be a table setter for the middle of the order.

The outfield for this team just is not cutting it. Marrero is batting .059 and Hernandez is batting .080 while filling in for

Denard Span

in the leadoff spot. This is an issue that needs to be addressed at some point this season.

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The Giants will be back in action against the D-Backs Wednesday night at 7:15 PM, as Matt Cain will take on Shelby Miller.

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