Coming off of an impressive win the night before, the San Francisco Giants had a game to forget on Tuesday night. On a day where the offense produced, Matt Moore was knocked around in a 13-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. That seems to be the mantra of the San Francisco Giants so far in 2017.
When the offense was productive for a brief period early on in the year, the pitching was lackluster, and on days where the pitching has been superb, the offense has been cold as ice.
It is no secret that the San Francisco Giants have struggled to put together complete games in 2017, and that is what has been so frustrating because this team is full of players capable of doing so.
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Monday night’s win against Clayton Kershaw was encouraging. The Giants almost never beat Kershaw, and on Monday they knocked him around for four runs, two of those being home runs.
The Giants have been looking for that key win to ignite some kind of winning streak, and early on in Tuesday night’s game it looked like this was the beginning of one of those streaks.
Nick Hundley drew a one out walk after Joe Panik struck out and Matt Moore helped himself out by driving in two runs on a bloop single — he also had some help on an errant throw by Enrique Hernandez in center field.
Then, with two outs in the inning, Brandon Belt extended the lead to 4-0 on a two RBI double down the right field line.
What looked to be an encouraging start to the game for the Giants turned out to be disaster. Matt Moore melted down in the bottom of the inning, allowing the first six batters to reach base on a home run, walk, single, walk, triple, and single, all in that order.
He eventually gave up one more hit in the inning and when the nightmare inning finally came to a close, an encouraging 4-0 lead turned into a gut wrenching 6-4 deficit.
The turn in events did not deter the offense, as Panik would score Posey in the top of the third to cut the lead down to one. That would be the last bright spot before ultimate turmoil ensued.
Los Angeles would score three more runs off of Moore in the fourth inning, with all of those coming after Cory Gearrin replaced him.
When it was all said and done, Moore walked away with a line of 3.1 innings pitched, 6 hits, 5 walks, and 9 earned runs. One of the four total runs scored in the inning would be charged to Gearrin.
The onslaught would continue late into the game after Bryan Morris gave up three runs in his 2017 debut. In his one inning of work, Morris gave up 4 hits, and 1 walk, in addition to the three runs.
That would be the last time the Giants pitching would give up any runs to the Dodgers. Unfortunately, after watching the lead slip away, the Giants offense failed to produce any more runs of their own, and the score wound up being 13-5.
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Here are some takeaways from Tuesday night’s brutal loss:
The San Francisco Giants have had a rough time putting together a complete game so far in 2017. The offense has been putrid and the pitching has been up and down thus far. The pitching overall has been better as of late, but they have also allowed the opposing team to bat around in an inning eight different times…it’s only May.
Matt Moore has been really inconsistent this year and it is really noticeable in his home/road splits. Coming into tonight’s game, Moore is 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA at home, and 0-2 with an 8.68 ERA on the road. This will increase significantly after the stats from tonight’s game are updated. He currently sits at 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA on the year.
Location, location, location. Missing spots can be detrimental to a pitcher, which was evident tonight. The staff walked nine batters, and hit one, in addition to the 11 hits they gave up. That is unacceptable from a major league staff, especially of the Giants caliber.
The offense played well overall tonight. There was a drop off in production towards the end of the game, but five runs should be plenty for this team to win with the staff they have. The Giants accumulated 12 total hits, including multiple hit nights from
, Belt, and Arroyo.