In a down season, today may have been the lowest point, as the San Francisco Giants lose the season series to Major League Baseball’s worst team, the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2.
Madison Bumgarner pitched well and even drove in a go ahead run to give the Giants a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. Bumgarner went six innings, allowing one run and striking out seven.
However, in the top of the eighth inning, Hunter Strickland allowing six singles and three runs to give the Phillies the lead for good.
San Francisco did have a chance in the bottom of the inning to re-take the lead as Pablo Sandoval came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Unfortunately, the “Panda” struck out against Philadelphia’s closer, Hector Neris.
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Neris finished off the save in the ninth to give the Phillies their fourth win against San Francisco this season.
The Giants are now 50-76 and have lost four of seven games against Philadelphia. The Phillies currently own the first overall pick in the 2018 First Year Player Draft, but the Giants are inching their way closer to challenging them for that top spot.
Buster Posey, one of the lone bright spots this season, had two more hits to raise his average to .321 on the season.
Brandon Crawford also got a hit today, but it was his glove that shined as it always does with another gold glove play.
In a season marred by so many losses, it was a nice thing to see the Giants three best players remind us why they are the team’s best. In Bumgarner can pitch, Posey can hit and Crawford can field like they did today, the Giants will still have a great core for the future. Unfortunately, the Giants showed once again that the other 22 on the roster haven’t played well enough for that play to translate into wins.
The Giants will take on the Milwaukee Brewers, starting tomorrow night at 7:15 at AT&T Park. Chris Stratton, who earned his first win of the season in his last start, will face Zach Davies, who is 14-6 for the Brewers.