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Giants’ Offense Sputters in 2-1 Loss to Padres — 19 Apr 14

Giants’ Offense Sputters in 2-1 Loss to Padres

18 Apr 14

The Giants and the Padres tied in hits at 5, but the Padres scored two runs and beat the Giants 2-1. The Padres first run came in the first after Chris Denorfia tripled and Hector Sanchez let a ball get past him. Their second run came on a solo home run by Yasmani Grandal pinch-hitting for Tyson Ross who had completed eight full innings shutting out the Giants. Grandal’s shot came off of Jason Gutierrez.

The Giants’ single run came in the ninth, a solo home run by Brandon Belt, his sixth, off Huston Street.

Matt Cain started for the Giants and allowed but 4 hits in his seven full innings. He struck out 8 and walked two, lowering his ERA to 2.88. Tyson Ross gained the win by allowing 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 9.

The game was a very manageable 2 hours and 35 minutes.

The Giants kept pace with the Dodgers who lost at home to the Diamondbacks, 4-2, in twelve innings. The Dodgers and the Giants share a 10-7 record as they sit atop the West.

Bumgarner Hits, Pitches Giants to Win over Rockies, 6-5 — 12 Apr 14

Bumgarner Hits, Pitches Giants to Win over Rockies, 6-5

11 Apr 14

This was Madison Bumgarner’s game. In the third inning, after Brandon Crawford had tripled, he lifted a high fly ball to deep left that reappeared at the warning track. Crawford sauntered home. Bumgarner’s first RBI of the game. In Bumgarner’s next appearance, in the fourth, he came up with the bases loaded. He lit into Jorge De La Rosa’s first pitch and sent it deep into the left-field bleachers as pandemonium broke out in the ballpark.

“I’m always trying to swing hard in case I run into something,” the modest pitcher said. “Fortunately for me and us, I happened to run into a couple today.”

On the mound, MadBum pitched six full innings, allowed 9 hits, 4 earned runs, struck out 7, and walked 2 as he improved his record to 2-0. Juan Gutierrez and Santiago Casilla notched holds in the seventh and eighth innings before Sergio Romo bagged his third save.

The game lasted an unmanageable three hours and sixteen minutes to the delight of a sold out AT&T ballpark.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers blanked the Diamondbacks in the desert, 6-0, and kept pace with the Giants. The archrivals share 7-4 records as they sit atop their division.

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