The San Francisco Giants had chances to have a few pretty big innings in this game. Unfortunately, once again, once they get men on base the Giants don’t seem to know what to do next. Two big chances to score runs but, they never came.
The San Francisco Giants for whatever reason do not like facing rookie pitchers. Most of the time the Giants hitters just do not fare well against these young pitchers. Today was and was not that type of day. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Giants today 3-2. The loss today can be blamed on the lack of getting the key hit.
This game started great with Brandon Belt getting a splash hit in the first inning of the game. His 11th home run of the year. After that the offense never came around again. The key moments came in the third and fifth innings.
In the third inning the Giants were in business getting the bases loaded with a Denard Span double followed with one-out walks to Brandon Belt and Buster Posey. With a big chance to break the game open, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence followed with strikeouts and thus left the bases loaded.
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In the fifth inning the Giants got new life. Now trailing 3-1, they had runners on first and third to lead off the inning thanks to a walk to Eduardo Nunez and a single by Belt. Buster Posey then grounded out into a force out scoring Nunez. It becomes 3-2, Posey is at first with one-out and Crawford and Pence get a second chance. They both struck out once again ending the rally and ending the offense as only one runner reach base for the Giants in the final four innings.
Jeff Samardzija pitched well to win again but was on the losing end. His (2-8 4.31 ERA) record is not anywhere telling how well he is really pitching. 65/2 K/BB ratio is just about unheard of. He came into this game 59/1 k/BB ratio dating back to his last six starts.
His problem once again seems to be giving up home runs. The three runs were giving up on a solo shot to Kenny Vargas (6) and a 2-run shot in the fifth to Brian Dozier (10).
Not Scoring Runs: I don’t where the Giants offense was last night but it did not show up at all leading to a shutout. Today was just as bad witch a chance to get the big hit but failing. The Giants were 0-5 with RISP and left 7 men on base. They only mustered six hits on the day. Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford had the big chances and combined to go 0-5 with 5 K’s against starter Jose Berrios.
Hunter Pence: Since coming off the DL he has not looked good only hitting 3-18 for a .167 avg. He decided to try something new and wore his pants down. No high socks but it didn’t help. He went 0-4 with three strikeouts today.
Austin Slater: Today Slater was 3-4 with a hit-by-pitch. This is what happens when you know you are going to be the left field starter. He is the 10th, 11th, 12th left fielder of the year? There have been so much i lost count. Of course the players aren’t going to produce if they play every three days. With Orlando Calixte sent down, the Giants seem committed to letting Slater prove himself.
Tomorrow the Giants will send out Matt Cain to try and avoid a sweep. The game is at 1:05 pm and you can tune in on NBCSports Bay Area or on KNBR 680 for Radio.