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Once again, the Giants offense was unable to sustain any type of momentum, managing just one run on eight hits. Aoki, Belt, and Crawford each tallied two hits, but the Giants were only able to move three runners into scoring position. And it’s official – this offense is pressing. Listen to Jeremy Affeldt: “We’re all going out there giving everything we’ve got, and I think sometimes it’s natural for your offense to press and try too hard.” Clearly the team is in need of a change in routine, after playing 14 games in 14 days to start the season, culminating in a 4-10 record, in last place, six games behind the streaking Dodgers who won their seventh straight yesterday. That change in routine could be today’s off day, their first of the season.
Starter Tim Hudson struggled early, allowing two runs in the first and another three runs in the third, as the D-Backs built a 5-1 lead that would become the final score. In all, Huddy threw 82 pitches over five innings, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks, while striking out six.
After today’s off day, the Giants’ offense will hope to emerge, as the first place Dodgers are in town as the hottest team in baseball. Game one of a three game set starts tomorrow night at 7:15 at AT & T Park, as Dodgers starter Brett Anderson opposes Tim Lincecum. The Giants can cut the Dodgers six game lead in half with a sweep. Don’t count the World Champions out.