The Giants fell to the Diamondbacks Tuesday night, dropping their record to 1-1. Even with scoring the first four runs of the game, it wasn’t enough as Arizona, with the help of some questionable calls, came roaring back to take the second game of the series.
The Giants’ starter struggled for the second game in a row, as Matt Cain only went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 of them earned. Cain labored through those 5 innings, as he threw a total of 99 pitches in that span. Cain and the Giants used their ability to replay a close call in the 4th inning after D-backs AJ Pollack seemed to have been picked off as he was leaning the wrong way. Upon further review, MLB officials must have ruled that the evidence was inconclusive enough to overturn the call. Losing that challenge hurt, as later in the same inning, it appeared that Cain tagged out Pollack who was coming home from 3rd on a passed ball allowed by Buster Posey. Pollack was a huge thorn in the side of the Giants as he drove in the tying run in the 6th, and eventually scored the go-ahead run on a sac-fly by Gerardo Parra.
This was all after a fantastic first inning, when Posey got the scoring started, driving home Angel Pagan on a single. This was followed up by a three-run home blast from Brandon Belt, who now has two home runs in his first two games. After that however, the offense stalled, as Wade Miley sent the next 15 straight batters back to the dugout. After 4 hits in the 1st, the Giants offense was only able to collect 3 more in the next 8 innings.
While the Giants were much better defensively Tuesday night, their lack of bullpen depth reared its ugly head. If the Giants starters can get into the 6th or 7th inning, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez (and eventually Jeremy Affeldt), along with Sergio Romo can easily slam the door shut on close games. Tonight, it was former D-back Juan Gutierrez who was forced to come in early to relieve Matt Cain, and he allowed 2 earned runs in just 2 innings of work.
The D-backs host the Giants again tonight at 6:40PM as Tim Hudson makes his much-anticipated San Francisco debut against Trevor Cahill (0-1).
Notes: Belt is on pace for 162 home runs… Posey went 1-3 with a walk last night, and is now 8 for 17 in his career against Miley…Juan Perez, who came in for Michael Morse, struck out looking in both his at-bats, one of which there were men on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, and a second time to end the game with a man on 2nd…