While the Giants’ offensive woes continued last night in a 4-2 loss to Colorado, let’s make one thing clear Giants fans – a 10 day game stretch does not define a team or a season. Despite the fact that the Giants dropped to 3-7 for the year and are firmly planted in last place in the NL West, 4.5 games behind the first place Rockies (and more importantly, 3.5 games behind the Dodgers), this offense is just a great series away from turning things around. And just like that, look who’s in town for a four game set starting tonight? Yep, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team that the Giants scored 16 runs against in their season opening three game series.
Pitching and defense continued to meet expectations for the Giants as they gave up just six hits and three earned runs last night, all surrendered by starter Tim Lincecum, who again pitched well enough to win. Three relievers followed Timmy with four perfect innings and six strikeouts. Lincecum’s stats for the season look very similar to tough luck starter Tim Hudson, at 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. The fact that the Giants’ pitching continues to perform to expectations, gives this team hope that they will soon turn things around and get back in the mix near the top of the division.
Angel Pagan stayed hot on the offensive side, delivering his second consecutive 3-hit night, raising his average to .378. And Matt Duffy added his first big league homer in the 8th inning, as he continues to force Bruce Bochy to find playing time for him, somewhere in the lineup.
Tonight, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will look to help the Giants snap this six game losing streak and he’ll be opposed by Diamondback starter Archie Bradley, who pitched six shutout innings against the Dodgers in his last outing. All expectations are for the Giants to come up big tonight.