Photo by: Ben Margot/AP
San Francisco, CA – There was a time when the Giants pitching was stellar. It was the key to their success over the last three years which allowed them to win two World Series. However, lately it’s been there biggest problem.
San Francisco took a 10-2 beating by the Baltimore Orioles today and majority of the damage came from the bullpen. Matt Cain was off to a good start retiring the first eight batters he faced until he allowed a single to Bud Norris.
The six batters batters that followed Norris did not get on base with help from the Giants defense backing their ace through seven quality innings. He yielded six hits, three runs, one home run, one walk and five strikeouts. The one mistake he made came in the seventh when the game got away from him.
“No nothing different,” said Matt. “I made a bad pitch to [Brain] Roberts (who leadoff the inning with a triple) in the sixth. You know the seventh inning happened and …”
Chris Davis leadoff the frame with a double and J.J. Hardy followed with a two-run homer that gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. After that things went awry for the Giants. The bullpen took over to and allowed Baltimore a total of ten runs.
“Cain was good all day, Adam Jones said. “He made one mistake to J.J. and he hit it out.”
“That was definitely not normal for those guys (referring to bullpen),” said Cain. “Those guys usually do such a great job for us, even though we were down 3-2; after the seventh we are usually not worried about something like that happening but today it did and we’re going to have to get over it.”
Nate McLouth leadoff the eighth with a free pass, both Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters hit an RBI single. Jones hit a RBI double and Roberts knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. The Orioles extended their lead 7-2. But the bleeding didn’t stop there.
In his second appearance as a relief pitcher, Barry Zito entered the game in the ninth. He struck out the first batter than allowed two back-to-back singles before he gave up a three-run homer Adam [Jones]. In his last outing Zito gave up a solo home run to Khris Davis three days ago when they faced the Milwaukee Brewers.
“It’s hard,” Pablo Sandoval said when asked how he feels about his team begin in last place in the division. “But it’s a time you experience in your career. Not every year are we going to finish in first place. For us, this is motivation to prepare everyday to do our best. And if that doesn’t happen this year than we’re well prepared for next year.”
San Francisco jumped to an early lead in the first frame with two RBI doubles from both Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. Belt went 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Pence went 2-for-4 an dis now 7-for-15 with four RBI’s over his last four games.
“We came out swinging,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “We got some early runs out there and it just stopped on us. Their guy regrouped out there and we couldn’t quite cash in to put a few more on the board… It got a little ugly there, no question. The bullpen just couldn’t hold it there to give us a chance.”
There are forty-five games left in the season and San Francisco remains 15 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers who swept the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. This team has obviously over come bigger hurdles. They begin a six-game road trip in hopes to return to their winning ways.