San Francisco Giants Hitters Continue to Struggle Against Top MLB Pitchers
By Luke Corvello
The San Francisco Giants can’t seem to figure out the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have had the Giants number of the past couple years and it continued on this Friday afternoon.
There weren’t many bright spots for the Giants on a hot, steamy day in Chicago, but Gorkys Hernandez represented hope throughout the game. Hernandez has been a pleasant surprise this season, as he added another home run to his resume.
Hernandez has never been known for his power and last year did not even muster a ball over the fence. This year he already has five home runs, which is a good sign for Bruce Bochy at the top of his lineup.
The Giants were held in check by Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, as they were only able to record two hits, both hits coming from Hernandez, in seven innings of work from Hendricks.
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The Giants were able to make things interesting in the top of the ninth inning, but Brandon Morrow came in and closed the door on the Giants day.
The bats have gone silent over this road trip, but a lot can be taken into account that they have faced some of the best pitchers in baseball.
Derek Holland started the game for the Giants and was very efficient in his six innings, but the bullpen let the game get away.
Will Smith, who has been a huge boost since his return from Tommy John surgery, struggled with his command and gave up a crucial double to Ben Zobrist. The double by Zobrist was then proceeded by a Kris Bryant single that put the game out of reach.
The bullpen, which has been a boost to an injury-riddled rotation really struggled today with keeping the game in reach.
The Giants will try to bounce back against Cubs lefty Jose Quintana tomorrow and will counter with Chris Stratton. Stratton has pitched very well this season and we’ll see if he can get the Giants back to their winning ways tomorrow.