The San Francisco Giants dismal first half took extra innings to complete before they were swept by the Miami Marlins 10-8 on Sunday.
A.J. Ellis, hit a pinch hit two run home run in the 11th inning to send the Giants into the break with a five game losing streak. Giancarlo Stantonhit followed that up with his second home run of the game in the 11th to end the 1st half with 26 bombs.
The Marlins initially blew it open in the seventh inning with four runs to break open what was a 3-3 tie. Johnny Cueto pitched into the seventh, but loaded the bases before being pulled.
The Giants started the scoring with a two run home run from Brandon Crawford in the second inning. The Marlins scored two of their own in the top of the third to tie the score.
Marlins All-Star Stanton showed why he is entered into the Home Run Derby when he hit his 25th home run to center field in the fifth inning.
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Giants catcher Nick Hundley tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a home run of his own to the opposite field. It was only the 41st time a right handed hitter has gone the other way at AT&T Park.
After the Marlins broke it open in the seventh, the Giants came roaring back in the eighth to tie the game. Crawford and Hundley each had RBI’s to set up rookie Miguel Gomez to tie the game. The rookie hit a base hit between first and second to tie the game at seven.
The Giants end a horrific first half 34-56, the second worst record in the National League ahead of only the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cueto, who has an opt out clause in his contract, is one of several Giants who may not finish the season in a Giants uniform. As the trade deadline approaches, several veterans could be leaving San Francisco for playoff hopefuls in the midst of a pennant race. For a team that has had as much October success as the Giants in recent years, teams are likely to call general manager Bobby Evans over the next three weeks.