Ok, Giants naysayers and non-fans. We’ll acknowledge that seven consecutive losses is reason to be concerned. The last time the Giants lost seven straight you ask? 2010. Oh, BTW, they won the World Series that year. Yes, we’re not even 7% into the season, so it’s certainly not time to panic.
Despite the fact that at 3-8, the G-men are off to their worst start since moving to San Francisco in 1958, the offense finally came to life last night, scoring 6 runs on 11 hits, giving their fans hope. The Giants were 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position, a .333 average, although they did leave 10 men on base. That’s still a huge improvement over their previous 7 games’ batting average of .085 in those situations. Yes, it was just a matter of time for the offense to break out.”It would be hard for us to keep going the way we are,” last night’s starter and ace Madison Bumgarner said.
The Giants were led by Joe Panik (3 for 6, triple, RBI), Matt Duffy (2 for 6, double, 2 RBI), Angel Pagan (2-6), Buster Posey (2 for 5, RBI), and Brandon Crawford (1 for 3, 2-run homer, two walks). The offense battled all night, coming back from 4-1 and 5-4 deficits (in the 10th inning), and nearly overcame a 7-5 deficit in the bottom of the 12th before falling short to Arizona 7-6.
MadBum fought through not having his best stuff all night, completing 7 innings, giving up four runs and six hits, including two home runs. Admittedly, after three starts, he’s not yet where he wants to be. “That’s why they call it midseason form,” he said.
At 3-8, the Giants remain in the cellar, four games behind the Dodgers who have now won four straight. Tonight, Jake Peavy takes the mound, hoping to improve on his first start of the season, and end this losing streak. It’s early folks, buckle up and enjoy the ride.