San Francisco Giants Lose Game But Win Series vs Cardinals
The San Francisco Giants lost 7-1 today against the St. Louis Cardinals, but still managed to win the three game series. They have now won three straight series.
The San Francisco Giants have won seven of their last nine games as they continue to battle their way out of the National League cellar.
Matt Cain struggled through 5 1/3, giving up seven earned runs, walking three and only striking out one batter. The scoring started in the second, as Randal Grichuk hit a bases clearing double that led to a four run inning.
The Giants did respond in the top of the third as Joe Panik singled and Christian Arroyo doubled to cut the lead to 4-1. However, the Cardinals added on in the fifth inning with a Matt Carpenter two run home run.
Cain was pulled the following inning after starting pitcher Adam Wainwright helped his ouwn cause with an RBI double to make it 7-1.
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The Giants did have some life in the eighth inning with back to back home runs from Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez.
Both Crawford and Nunez struggled to begin the year, especially in RBI situations, so the power is an encouraging sign going forward. Especially for Nunez, who continues to struggle in the outfield. With all of the injuries the Giants have had, Nunez and his bat are sorely needed as the team continues to climb up the ladder in the National League West.
The Giants are currently 19-25 and entrenched in fourth place in the West. While this is nowhere near where the Giants want to be, it is still a vast improvement over where they stood just two weeks ago. With three series wins in a row, they still have some momentum heading into Chicago.
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The San Francisco Giants will take on the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs in Chicago for the next four games starting tomorrow. Ty Blach (1-2) takes on John Lackey (4-3.)