Someone, somewhere along the way, said, “you can’t win ’em all.” And in a 162 game MLB baseball season, this statement will be accurate 100% of the time. The Giants lost 8-0 to Atlanta last night, ending their current five game winning streak, as they dropped out of first place, back to ½ game behind the Dodgers.
Even with the loss, the Giants have won 14 of their last 17, and their record now stands at 30-21, a .588 winning percentage. If they maintain this winning percentage throughout the season, it will equate to 95-96 wins, a fine season indeed, certainly good enough for an invite to the post-season.
Tim Lincecum (5-3, 3.00) took the loss in this one, going just 4 ⅓ innings, allowing eight hits, two walks and four runs, while striking out five. Timmy allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base safely in three of the five innings in which he appeared, with three of them scoring.”Those guys put some good swings on some good pitches,” said Lincecum. “They were doing a good job of hitting it in that gray area where no one can get to it. At the same time, they had me working out of the stretch a lot, taking an extra base as well. Stealing a couple of bases definitely put some pressure on me and I had to make better pitches in those scenarios. They put some pretty good swings on some pretty good pitches, I thought…at that point, you have to tip your cap.”
On offense, the G-men managed just eight singles against Braves’ starter Williams Perez who was making just his third big league start. The Giants were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position while stranding 11 base runners. “It’s tough when you’ve never seen a guy and he has good movement,” said Brandon Crawford, who went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. “I think that’s why we couldn’t get it going.”
The Giants will look to start a new win streak in this afternoon’s four-game series finale, as they hope to take the four game series and climb back into first place. Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner (6-2, 3.00) will take on Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.91). MadBum has won four straight starts against the Braves, posting a 1.80 ERA and is also 9-1 in the month of May over the past two seasons. Teheran has pitched inconsistently this year, and is coming off of a loss to the Dodgers where he allowed eight runs in 4 ⅓ innings.
- With a win today, the Giants will attain their first 22-win month ever in San Francisco, and first in franchise history since 1954
- Entering yesterday’s eighth inning, the Giants’ bullpen had allowed just one run over it’s last 15 1/3 innings pitched, spanning parts of six games. That ended when Jean Machi (1-0, 5.68) allowed five hits and four runs, while striking out three over the final two innings. Machi continues to struggle this year, performing well below the 10-2, 2.50 combined results from the 2013-2014 seasons
- Braves third baseman and former Giants’ player Juan Uribe went 3 for 4 with a home run, double and two RBIs. Uribe was traded last week from the Dodgers to the Braves
- Yesterday, the winning team scored eight runs in four of the fourteen MLB games that were played – just one of those strange anomalies that makes baseball such a unique and interesting sport – at least for some of us 🙂