The San Francisco Giants rally fell short tonight as they fell to the Miami Marlins 5-4. Last weekend the Giants won because of a wild pitch. Tonight they lost because of one.
The Miami Marlins jumped out in front to a quick 2-0 lead off of Samardzija. This Marlins team is young and Giancarlo Stanton is not the only power threat on that team. After a leadoff single to Dee Gordon, Stanton grounded out. Then Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna got back to back hits which ultimately lead to the two runs scoring. After watching last night’s game fans were probably thinking ‘uh oh not again’.
Luckily Samardzija got back on track and looked like his old self. Only surrendering two runs in his next six innings of work. Samardzija pitched like a veteran, not having his best stuff but, still able to keep his team in the game. In seven innings tonight, he threw 106 pitches gave up four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.
This was a winnable game. The Marlins had a pitcher making his big league debut, perfect chance to take advantage of that and score runs. The Giants just couldn’t take advantage. The Giants got their runs from an RBI single from Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. In the sixth it was Brandon Crawford coming through again with an RBI ground out after a Brandon Belt double to make the score a 4-3 Marlins lead. It stayed that way until the ninth.
How the bottom of the ninth turned out was very frustrating to watch because of the insurance run the Marlins got in the top half. Buster Posey allowed a wild pitch that allowed the huge fifth run for the Marlins to score.
Despite how this season has gone, the Giants refuse to give up without a fight. With runners at first and third, Joe Panik muscled a two-strike pitch right up the middle which scored Brandon Crawford and sent Mac Williamson to third. Just like that it was a one run ball game which could have in fact been a tied up ball game. Instead Hunter Pence comes up with a chance to tie the game up but eventually strikes out and once again the Giants were oh so close but just didn’t play well enough to get a victory. This has been horrendous first half, there can be nothing sweeter than winning tomorrow’s game.
Giants Game Notes:
Jeff Samardzija- He ran into trouble that he could not get out of in the first inning. Yet he managed to keep his team in the game. Four runs is not that great an outing for a pitcher but in this case, Samardzija battled and managed to throw 106 pitches in seven innings of work.
Belt hot, Posey cold- Stay hot Brandon Belt. Belt continues to see the ball well as he hit two more doubles in tonight’s game. Buster Posey has cooled off here in the month of July. coming into tonight’s game he was just 3-21 for the this month.
Austin Slater to DL- Just when it seemed the Giants might have found their left fielder of the future, they lose him. Slater was placed on the disabled-list today after re injuring his hip in last night’s game. Mac Williamson was recalled from triple-A. It seems we will have to wait a little bit longer to see Chris Shaw.
Tomorrow the Giants will send out Johnny Cueto as they will look to avoid being swept and end the first half of the season with a win.