San Francisco, CA – Looking to snap their eight-game losing streak, the Giants didn’t have the best start but made up for it later. Nori Aoki tied the game but Seattle’s offense added runs in the fifth, eighth and ninth for the 5-1 victory. Tim Hudson suffered his 23rd career Interleague loss.
“When things are going good, you’re probably not as good as you are, and when thing are going bad, you’re not nearly as bad as you think you are,” Hudson said. “It’s just a bit of a tough stretch.”
Hudson got off to a shaky start when he gave up back-to-back singles to both Logan Morrison and Austin Jackson in the first. Robinson Cano flew out to center field, moving Morrison to third. Nelson Cruz hit into a fielder’s choice, Morrison scored making it a 1-0 game. Hudson forced Kyle Seager to line out to first baseman Brandon Bet to end the inning stranding two.
Aoki tied the game 1-1 in the second when he knocked an infield single to second driving in Brandon Crawford who led off the frame with a single. Duffy followed with a single but Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker struck out Jarrett Parker. Hudson bunted advancing both runners and a play later Belt struck out swinging ending the inning. That was San Francisco’s only run of the game as Walker was superb on the mound.
“That was about a clean game as we’ve played in some time and it was very nice to see,” said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon.
Walker posted a 3-1 record with a 1.55 ERA over his last four starts. He gave up seven hits, no walks and struck out six. Walker allowed on run over seven innings. Seattle’s defense shut down the Giants offense over the next eight frames. San Francisco is 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position over the first four games of the homestand and have left 21 men on base.
Hudson surrendered eight hits and got into a jam in the sixth ending his night on the mound. Yusmerio Petit took over and striking out two back-to-back and got Walker to ground out without anymore damage done. The Mariners had runners on at first and second with no outs with the Giants down 3-1.
“To have a guy like that who can give you not just innings but quality innings,” San Francisco’s manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s so valuable where he’s at and that’s why we’ve left him in there.”
But the bullpen couldn’t contain Seattle’s at-bats. Jeremy Affeldt gave up a home run in the eight to Seager and Hunter Strickland allowed another in the ninth to Jackson whose RBI single scored in the Mariners final run. The Giants have suffered their ninth home loss which is their longest home skid since dropping a franchise record 11-consecutive games from Sept 11-19, 1940 at the Polo Grounds.