San Francisco, CA – Giants manager Bruce Bochy told his team before to the game to have fun and show some teeth. Not sure if he took his own advice after a grueling end to what seemed to be a phenomenal comeback. Going twelve frames wasn’t the birthday present he wanted but Bochy turned 60 today regardless of the outcome.
“They didn’t quit,” said Bochy. “We had some chances there that didn’t come through, but they kept fighting and came up short. We fought hard to comeback in it, and a lot good things happened. We got aggressive at times, I like the fight.”
San Francisco battled until the end unfortunately, their efforts weren’t enough. After they rallied back, the D-backs defeated the Giants 7-6 giving them their seventh straight loss. This is the worst start by a defending World Series championship team since the 1998 Florida Marlins. The D-backs scored two runs off closer Sergio Romo and that was all they needed.
The game was tied 5-5, Ender Inciarte leadoff the twelfth with a single and stole second. Romo intentionally walked the D-backs best hitter, Paul Goldschmidt. Aaron Hill who was 0-4, doubled on a fly ball to left field and scored in Inciarte and Goldschmidt. Hill advanced to third on a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Crawford.
San Francisco never gave up, down 7-5 Angel Pagan led off the frame with a single. Buster Posey flew out and Brandon Belt grounded into a force out. Matt Duffy who tied the game in the tenth, doubled on a line drive to center field. Belt scored leaving the tying run on second. But Joe Panik lined out to pitcher Randall Delgado to end the game.
The most damage came in the fifth when Madison Bumgarner surrendered a double to A.J. Pollack and a three-run homer to Goldschmidt making it a 4-1 game. That was Bumgarner’s second home run, the first was a solo to Mark Trumbo who went deep to left field in the second. Bumgarner surrendered a multi-homer game at AT&T Park for the first time since June 19, 2013 against the Padres.
“Couple mistakes, but apart from those I felt good about it,” Bumgarner said. “Trumbo’s was probably the worse, I think. Just because it was a two-strike pitch, I felt pretty good about making it, but he’s one of the best in the game for a reason.”
Brandon Crawford snapped a 23 at-bat hitless streak with his seventh inning home run. He got the crowd on their feet when he blasted a two-run shot off pitcher Oliver Perez to cut the lead to one. The two runs the Giants scored in the seventh were the most runs scored in an inning since April 8. Panik tied the game 5-5 with a RBI triple in the ninth.
However, the D-backs were not done. Pitcher Jeremy Afield retired the first two batters in the tenth. Santiago Casilla replaced him and gave up a solo home run to Pollock making it a 5-4 game. The Giants clapped back, pitcher Andrew Chafin walked Gregor Blanco, and Pagan singled. Posey was issued a free pass by Evan Marshall.
Duffy got a base hit scoring in Blanco and tied the game. The bases were loaded and San Francisco had an opportunity to close out the game. Panik grounded into a fielders choice with the bases still loaded but Crawford struck out to end the inning leaving runners stranded. The Giants loss tonight, marks their longest losing streak since dropping seven consecutive games from June 26-July 2, 2010.
“We just have to keep coming out and competing out, and worry about what we control, not what we can’t,” Bumgarner said.