Padres 8, Giants 7 (12): Giants continue to walk tight-rope, fall again
So let’s review the week as it is right, shall we?
Monday, the Giants trail 4-2 in the eighth, but they get a two-run homer from Buster Posey in the eighth to tie it, and a pinch-hit RBI single by Brandon Belt in the ninth to win it, 5-4.
Tuesday, the Giants trail 4-0 in the eighth, but they rally for two in the eighth and two more in the ninth (on a Belt two-run homer) to tie it and send it into extra innings. They lose it in 11, 6-4, when an error and wild pitch contribute to the Diamondbacks rally.
Wednesday, the Giants trail 2-1 in the ninth when they tie it on a Brandon Crawford home run. But Arizona scores in the 10th to win it, 3-2.
Friday, the Giants get a solid seven innings from Tim Lincecum, but can’t get him much offense and lose, 2-1.
That’s four games, three one-run games, two extra-inning games, and 1-3 record.
The Giants were due for a breather and figured to get one with Barry Zito on the mound. After all, the only two wins this season that didn’t require a save or walk-off hit featured Zito on the mound.
It looked that way as Crawford belted a three-run home run to help the Giants build a 5-0 lead through three innings.
And then the big inning hit. But we can’t really blame Zito much.
The Padres rally in the fourth was sparked by a two-base error by Andres Torres, when he completely whiffed a liner to left (and you thought Torres could only whiff at the plate).
Six runs would score in the inning, although only one was earned to Zito.
And if we’re looking to hand out blame, maybe we should send some Bruce Bochy’s way.
We’ve seen these two-run or three-run rallies get ugly on Zito before. But I think the lefty’s recent run on success led the skipper to leave his pitcher in and see if he could work his way out of it.
If this rally had come last season — any other season in a Giants uniform — Bochy would have had a quicker hook. Bochy needs to help Zito by going to get him during long innings. He loses his stuff when he asked to stay out there too long.
The Giants still managed to reclaim the lead on Hunter Pence’s two-run triple, but the Padres rallied to tie it 7-7.
It stayed that way in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th until the Padres put runners on first and third with one out.
Nick Hundley hit a sharp one-hopper to Marco Scutaro for a potential inning-ending double play. But Scutaro could not corral it, and it went for a game-winning error.
And now the Giants turn to Ryan Vogelsong on Sunday against Jason Marquis. The Giants don’t need a breather. A win would right now would provide a breath of fresh error after a third consecutive one-run loss.