The Giants couldn’t hold back the Orioles back throughout the whole game.
After getting an early two-run lead after the 1st inning, the San Francisco Giants (52-65) were unable to maintain the lead and surrendered 10 runs to the Orioles (65-52) starting in the 6th inning with an RBI single by left fielder Nate McLouth. It was then in the 7th inning when Baltimore took the lead with a two-run home run by shortstop J.J. Hardy, his 21st big fly of the season.
“I thought it was a pop-up that Francoeur would have caught easily. It just kept going,” Cain said.
Giants starter Matt Cain (L, 7-8) left the game after the 7th but the bullpen couldn’t hold the O’s back. Baltimore scored seven more runs before the game ended and won by a final of 10-2.
“It’s an offense that’s capable of doing that for sure,” Hardy said. “We feel like we’re always able to put some runs on the board, and if our pitching keeps it close, we’ve got a good shot.”
The 8th inning is where the game got out of hand for San Francisco. After a walk and throwing error by Giants reliever Jose Miajres that allowed there to be runners on the corners with no outs, O’s right fielder Nick Markakis had his first hit of the game with an RBI single to center to make it a 4-2 lead for the Baltimore. Markakis would end up going 2-4.
After Sandy Rosario took over for Mijares on the mound, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones would hit an RBI double to right. Rosario then intentionally walked Chris Davis to load the bases only to have catcher Matt Wieters hit an RBI single to right. Second baseman Brian Roberts would get one more run for the O’s in the 8th on a sac fly to right to make it a five-run lead for Baltimore.
It got bad again in the 9th inning. After a couple of one-out singles off of Barry Zito, who is now on bullpen duty, Adam Jones comes up big again for the Orioles, this time hitting a three-run home run to left to make a eight-run ballgame. It was Jones’ 24th homer of 2013.
The Giants, meanwhile, scored two runs in the 1st with a couple of RBI doubles by Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. After that, the Giants couldn’t score anymore runs and didn’t even record another hit past the 6th inning. The reigning NL MVP Buster Posey was especially subpar unable to get a hit for a fourth straight game.
The other two games in this series were split. Game one went to the Orioles as they won 5-2 in 10 innings. After the Giants tied the game in the bottom of the 9th with an RBI single by Hunter Pence, first baseman Chris Davis would hit a two-run double to deep center in the 10th to give the O’s the lead back. Davis would later score on a Matt Wieters single to add another insurance run for Baltimore.
Davis would go even deeper in game two of the series hitting his 42nd home run of the season in the 8th inning of Saturday’s game. However, that solo shot wasn’t enough to erase the deficit Hunter Pence created with a two-run double in the 6th inning. San Francisco would win 3-2.
The Giants now head to the east coast for a six-game road trip starting with a three-game series vs. the Washington Nationals (57-60). San Francisco’s probables are Madison Bumgarner (11-7), Tim Lincecum (6-11), and Ryan Vogelsong (2-4). Washington’s probables are Gio Gonzalez (7-5), Jordan Zimmermann (13-6), and Dan Haren (7-11).
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Written by Daniel Trucios