It was a rough couple of days for the Champs north of the border.
Poor fielding was theme early again for the San Francisco Giants (23-17) as a couple of errors helped fuel a 5-run first inning for the Toronto Blue Jays (17-24). The Jays would then tack on 5 more runs over the following 2 innings making 10-1 by the end of the 3rd. The Blue Jays would go onto win by a final of 11-3.
Last night’s game started off the game on a positive note for the Giants with a sac fly RBI by Pablo Sandoval to make it 1-0 in the 1st.
It was the bottom of the inning that everything went South for San Francisco. With 1 out, Ryan Vogelsong got Jose Bautista to pop out to 2nd only to have Marco Scutaro drop the ball inexplicably. Then after Vogelsong walked Edwin Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia hit a liner right to Angel Pagan who missed it. The ball went behind him as 2 runs scored and Arencibia went to 2nd base.
Next batter was Adam Lind who hit a 2-run home run to right to make it 4-1 for the Jays. That was actually Toronto’s first hit of the ballgame.
Vogelsong would allow one more run to score later in the inning with Emilio Bonifacio hitting an RBI single to center. Finally, Munenori Kawasaki would line out into a double play ending the 5-run 1st for the Jays.
Ryan Vogelsong’s trouble continued in the 2nd inning, however. Former Giant Melky Cabrera doubled to lead off the inning followed by Jose Bautista singling to center to score him in from 2nd. A couple batters latter, Arencibia hit a 2-run home run to left to make it a 7 run ball game.
Vogelsong (L, 1-4) would finish the 2nd and leave after that allowing 8 runs (3 earned), 6 hits, and 2 walks. The 35 year old starter’s ERA gets raised to 8.06 in 2013.
Giants reliever Chad Gaudin would come into the game in the 3rd and walked two in a row after getting a line out to start the inning. Then a Bautista double and a sac fly by Encarnacion would plate 2 runs before Arencibia grounded out to 2nd to end the inning.
Gaudin went 3 1/3 innings before allowing another run to score in the 6th when Colby Rasmus hit an RBI double to right to make it 11-1 for the Blue Jays. Jose Mijares would relieve Gaudin to get a couple of strikeouts to end the side.
The large lead played well for Toronto’s starter Ramon Ortiz (W, 1-1) who went 7 innings allowing one run, 6 hits, and one walk.
The Giants were able to get a couple runs back off of reliever Mickey Storey. They scored in the 8th with an RBI double by Buster Posey and then a sac fly by pinch hitter Brett Pill to score in Joaquin Arias from 3rd.
Storey stayed in for the 9th inning as well allowing a couple of hits to Brandon Crawford and Marco Scutaro before getting Arias to strikeout swinging to end the ballgame.
Hitting was not the issue for the Giants in Toronto: it was pitching and fielding. The Jays got out to an early 6 run lead in the 1st inning of game 1 on Tuesday night. The Giants committed two costly errors including a throwing error by Sandoval to start the 1st inning off.
Pitching was not a commodity for the Giants as Barry Zito (3-2) allowed 8 runs over his 5 2/3 innings, 5 of which were earned, as the Jays won by a total of 10-6.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-5) prevented the Giants from rallying for most of the night allowing just 2 earned in 6 innings of work. San Francisco would score 1 in the 8th on an RBI double by Brandon Belt and then 3 more in the 9th with a 3-run home run by Sandoval. The Giants, however, were still 4 runs shy when Guillermo Quiroz flied out to right for the final out of the game.
The Giants leave Canada for Colorado to face the Rockies (21-19) in a four game series. San Francisco’s probables are Matt Cain (2-2), Madison Bumgarner (4-1), Tim Lincecum (3-2), and Barry Zito (3-2). Colorado’s probables are Jhoulys Chacin (3-2), Jorge De La Rosa (4-3), Juan Nicasio (3-1), and Jeff Francis (2-3).
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Written by Daniel Trucios