Three games, 27 innings, 6 runs allowed, 3 runs scored, three losses.
Wow. Tough for a team to lose a game when they only allow a single hit, but, hey, we are talking about an offensive juggernaut. Amazingly, the Giants actually made some history last night; since making the move west in 1958, the team had never lost a game in which they’d only allowed one hit:
…. The Giants have scored three runs in their last 30 innings, resulting in a three-game losing streak that falls into the “duh” category. Whether they score zero runs or 10 against Jon Garland today, they will finish a losing trip.
Jonathan Sanchez pitched seven brilliant innings. He allowed the hit and struck out 10 to take the team lead from Tim Lincecum, 27-24.
And he lost.
…. Edgar Renteria, now 5-for-38 since his 11-for-16 start, hit into double plays in his first two at-bats against starter Mat Latos, whose seven shutout innings constituted a career breakout game.
That last sentence sums it all up perfectly. On the one hand, it illustrates how a good week or so means nothing in baseball. On the other hand, it shows how just about anybody can look like Cy Young against the Giants.
Schierholz’s eighth inning leadoff triple said it all. Three straight hitters couldn’t get the ball out of the infield.
And Bochy didn’t do himself any favors yesterday, either. Allowing Torres to get at-bats while the team is going through tough times makes no sense. The kid is fast, for sure, but at the plate he looks completely over-matched. But if you’re gonna use him as a pinch-runner, like Bochy did in the ninth, you absolutely have to send him on Uribe’s flyball. Ridiculous decision to hold him there. Who is supposed to get a two-out, ninth-inning RBI hit at that point?