St. Louis Cardinals 4, San Francisco Giants 1: Giants aren’t fit to be tied … for long
Watching another Giants loss on Wednesday, I couldn’t help but feel like I had seen this before.
And I’m not talking about an offense that can’t score, especially at home. That Giants have not scored more than five runs in a game at home all season, and have only scored five runs twice (both day games).
And I’m not talking about wasting another solid performance from their starting pitcher.
And I’m not talking about listening to announcers talk about how efficient the opposing pitcher has been with his pitches.
I’m talking about letting a team reclaim the leader after the Giants manage to tie the game.
It seems I’ve seen that before. So I looked it up.
Thirteen times this season the Giants have come from behind to tie the game. In six of those occurences, the Giants have allowed their opponent to retake the lead IN THEIR VERY NEXT AT-BAT.
That’s almost a 50-50 proposition.
It happened again Wednesday. After the Cardinals scored in the first inning, Madison Bumgarner kept them off the board until the Giants pushed across the tying run with a Buster Posey RBI single in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Bumgarner got two quick outs, then gave up a solo home run to David Freese to left.
- The Madison Bumgarner batting eighth experiment was almost a push. MadBum had a single and a strikeout in three ABs. Emmanuel Burriss, in the No. 9 hole, had a single and two strikeouts in four ABs. I guess you can say MadBum had the better game.
- Speaking of strikeouts, the Giants, who have the fewest strikeouts in the NL this season, struck out 11 times with ZERO walks. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, who is not known as a strikeout pitcher, fanned nine. This doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with the hitting coach?
Matt Cain faces Adam Wainwright at 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the finale of the two-game series.