The San Francisco Giants are pretty darn awful this season, and this series loss to the Phillies is just the icing on the cake.
An Eduardo Nunez homer in the first inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 lead in the first inning. From there on, it was an uphill battle. Matt Moore didn’t have his stuff, but what’s new when he pitches on the road. Moore lasted four innings, giving up five runs, six hits, and two walks, pushing his season ERA up to a lovely 5.22. However, it wasn’t just Moore’s pitching that was abysmal.
Every pitcher that threw in this game not named Corey Gearrin gave up a run. Gearrin’s lone inning was the only nice appearance from a Giants pitcher. Kontos gave up a home-run, Osich gave up a run in his .1 innings of work, and Derek Law did the real damage in the bottom of the eighth, giving up two solo homers to Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco. That pushed the score up to 9-7, which was automatically insurmountable for the Giants in the ninth inning.
There was some decent signs from the offense though, as Nunez and Brandon Crawford both hit homers, Joe Panik drove a double that was inches away from clearing the fence, and Crawford got a solid bases-clearing hit that the Giants just never seem to get this year. They scored seven runs, so you can’t really blame the offense. This one was on the pitching.
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It just seems like the Giants can never get things going together, on all cylinders. They did in the first game of the series, but that was a rarity. When the pitching is there, they can’t hit. When they score 5+ runs, their pitching staff can’t get a shutdown inning.
After dropping this series to the Phillies, the Giants now move to 23-34, tied with Padres for last place in the NL West. The only team with a worse record is the Phillies themselves, at 19-35. The Giants will face the Brewers in a four-game series this week, before returning home to play the Twins over the weekend.