After stringing together some timely hits and scoring runs on Monday, the San Francisco Giants bats went silent against the Marlins on Tuesday.
They’ve now lost the first two of four against a team they should have handled with ease. The San Francisco Giants now can split the series at best, and they have to be disappointed with that outcome.
The Giants attacked first with a run in the first on a fielders choice RBI by Crawford, but the rally would end silently with just the one run. After the first, the offense could never string together any rallies and went down silently almost every inning.
Coming into his start against the Giants, Marlins pitcher Trevor Richards was rocking an ERA around five since coming off the disabled list last week. But with any young pitcher who is not a household name, the Giants bats can make any guy look like a Cy-Young winner and that’s just what happened today.
The Giants struggling on offense and on the mound against a bad Marlins team is bizarre and certainly was not expected, but probably not concerning yet as there’s still a chance to leave Miami with a series tie.
Coming into this series, the Giants were hoping to take at least three-of-four from the Marlins, but they’ll have to settle for (at best) the split.
These first two games can just be chalked up to the Marlins just flat-out playing better on both sides of the ball, which is unexpected but happens to the best of teams.
Following Bumgarner’s rough start Monday, Chris Stratton came out and went seven strong innings after getting tagged for three runs in the third inning. He settled down very nicely and took this game into the seventh and finished the inning, which has been a rarity for Giants pitchers this year.
After giving Bumgarner some run support, but giving Stratton barely any, the inconsistency has cost the Giants both games as they look to salvage this already bizarre series.
Andrew Suarez gets the ball on Wednesday, followed by Derek Rodriguez on Thursday.