In the third and final game of their series the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Giants Sunday afternoon blanking them 3-0 and keeping them from winning their first series of the year. The Rays got on the board immediately with a lead off home run by Yandy Diaz, it was his second in the series and third on the season.
The Giants would continue their struggle of getting hits early in the contest as they’d manage just 2 hits through seven innings. While the Rays added a run in the fourth inning thanks to a base hit from former Giant Christian Arroyo who singled into right field AS Kevin Keirmaier would just beat the throw by Steven Duggar.
The Rays added one more run in the top of the eighth thanks to a balk by Nick Vincent who had just given up a triple to Kevin Keirmaier .
Yonny Chirinos(2-0) was fantastic as he allowed just two hits in his five innings of work striking out five while only walking one batter. Drew Pomeranz(0-1) took the loss going just four innings falling victim to a high pitch count, he surrendered six hits and two runs and striking out five.
Next up for the Giants they will continue their home stand hosting the San Diego Padres starting Monday night. It will be Madison Bumgarner (0-2) 1.38 ERA vs Eric Lauer (1-1) 3.27 ERA.
The Giants secured their first home win of the season winning for the first time in the Oracle Park era beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3, Just as it was in yesterdays game the Giants found themselves down before they even had their first at bats as Ji-Man Choi doubled into triples alley just out of the reach of Kevin Pillar giving them the 1-0 lead off starter Jeff Samardzija who would go 4.2 innings giving up six hits while striking out four.
The Giants who have struggled to get hits the first time through the lineup so far this season changed that as Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the third with a bunt hit, he would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by Catcher Mike Zunino. Joe Panik would walk and Jeff Samardzija would bunt him over giving the Giants two runners in scoring position with only one out. Steven Duggar would hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Pillar and Brandon Belt would follow that with a sharp base hit into right field scoring Panik from second giving the Giants the 2-1 lead after three.
In the top of the fifth the Rays would load the bases on three singles and with one out Tommy Phan would drive in the tying run by hitting a sacrifice fly to center field. Choi would drive in his second run of the game hitting a one hopper to Gerardo Parra in left field in what was a close play at the plate the Giants would challenge the call, but were unsuccessful and would go to the bottom of the fifth trailing the Rays 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth Panik would start the inning off with a walk and Connor Joe would finally get his first major league hit and put the Giants in business. Steven Duggar would rip a double into right field and bring home both Panik and Joe to give the Giants their second lead of the ball game. Brandon Belt would come up next and launch a homer over the left field wall and the Giants would finish that inning scoring four runs and leading the Rays 6-3.
In the sixth inning the Rays would get one of those runs back as Mike Zunino would single into left field scoring Kevin Keirmaier who singled and stole second to put himself in scoring position. Things would be quite through the next couple innings for both squads and it was Will Smith who would come in to try and save the game for the Giants. He would retire the first batter, but give up a single to the following batter. With one out Austin Meadows would beat out a double play to keep the Rays hope alive, but it was Tommy Phan who would drive a ball deep to left field just in front of the wall and the Giants would earn their first win at home beating the Rays 6-4.
In what was a very good game for the Giants they will look to win their first series on the season when they take on the Rays in the series finale tomorrow from Oracle Park sending lefty Drew Pomeranz(0-0) to the hill to take on Yonny Chirinos in some sunday day baseball.
In what was the Giants home opener welcoming in the new era of the park now named Oracle Park the giants ran into similar issue that has plauged them early on to start the season, giving up runs early to begin the game and not being able to find base hits until their second time through the lineup. Derek Rodriguez (1-1) who was tasked with opening up the Oracle Park era and Bruce Bochy’s final home opener got through the first two Rays batters with relative ease , but what followed was four straight extra base hits Ji-Man Choi started it with a two strike double , Brandon Lowe ripped a line drive to fight field to bring home Choi , Yandy Diaz then hit a broken bat homer just over the left field fence and it was topped off by Kevin Kiermaier driving one near the Bonds 756 home run area in triples alley to go back to back to start the first inning and just like that the crowd was drained and the Giants were down 4-0. Rodriguez would settle in after that brutal inning and go 5.1 innings giving up seven hits, no walks and striking out five. His counterpart was Tyler Glasnow who was a big piece in the Chris Archer deal from last season and he was nasty, giving up zero runs and only allowing three hits, walking just one, all while striking out six , and going six very strong innings. The Rays would tack on another run in the 7th inning as another person involved from the Chris Archer trade Austin Meadows split the gap in left center field to push the lead to 5-0. In the bottom half of the inning the Giants would begin the attempt to claw their way back into the game. Newly acquired Kevin Pillar would notch his first base hit as a Giant sending one right back up then middle and then advancing over to second on a wild pitch, this led to Pablo shooting a double just in side the third base line to give the Giants their first runs scored at Oracle Park of the year , Steven Duggar followed that with a double of his own splitting the gap in left center and sailing just away from the gold glover in center field Kevin Keirmaier inching the Giants closer and bringing the score to 5-2. After an impressive inning from Trevor Gott striking out two in the top half the Giants would bat with momentum on their side in the bottom of the 8th. Evan LOngoria going againast the club he played with for many years he would reach on an error by second baseman Brandon Lowe . Buster Posey would connect on a pitch and hit it off the bottom of the right field wall for a double and then Brandon Crawford would get hit by the first pitch and the Giants were set up with the bases loaded and nobody out down by three. Giants newcomer Gerardo Parra was called out looking and Kevin PIllar would roll into a inning ending double play in what seemed like a kcockout punch. Mark Melancon would tight rope through the ninth leaving the bases loaded and the Giants would come up for their last chance. Joe Panik started it off with a single and pinch hitter Yangervis Solarte walked and the tying run was at the plate with nobody out. Duggar would roll into a fielders choice just beating out the throw and Brandon Belt would strike out chasing a breaking ball in the dirt. This set up former longtime Ray Evan Longoria as the last hope to send the Giants faithful home happy, but it was not to be as he would fly out to right and the Giants would drop the first of three to the Rays 5-2. It was a tough one for the Giants to lose as they had chances late in the game to make the Rays pay as they allowed the Giants to hang around by kicking the ball around and commiting errors to help get rallies going. What seems like a common theme this season so far the Giants have not been able to get their bats going early and late rally in the games fall just short especially thanks to untimely double plays. While they are showing fight in these early games it seems as if it will be a constant issue of coming up just short, may we all be able to take the gut punches that it seems the Giant will give us this season.
The Giants dropped Wednesday nights series finale to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 and in doing so lost the series as well dropping their record to 2-5 to start the season. In what looked to be a short outing for Derek Holland (0-1) turned out to be a fine one as he survived a rough first inning where he threw thirty-two pitches and gave up a homer to Kike Hernandez, but would settle in to last 5 innings recording 7 strikeouts to earn the no decision. The Giants would rally in the fourth to take the lead over the Dodgers thanks to home runs by Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt, it was Belts second homer in two days. The Dodgers would retake the lead in the seventh inning as Austin Barnes started the inning off dropping in a double . Pinch hitter Alex Verdugo who hit a solo homer the night before struck out swinging off a Reyes Moronta (0-1) changeup, the next batter was Kike Hernandez who drew a walk followed by a Justin Turner fly ball that moved Barnes over to third with two outs set up former world series hero David Freese as the next man up. Freese would take a Moronta fastball and drove it off the wall in right center driving in both the tying a go ahead run giving the Dodgers a 4-3 heading into the eighth inning. The Dodgers would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Chris Taylor triple off the right center wall pushing the lead to 5-3. Kenley Jansen would retire the Giants in order in the top of the ninth to secure the Dodgers the series win. The Giants now will shift to their home opener hosting the Tampa Bay Rays (5-2) as the welcome in the new era of their home park which is now renamed Oracle Park. Derek Rodriguez(1-0) will be the one to take the hill and be opposite Tyler Glasnow(1-0).
The Giants dropped the second game of their series against the Dodgers on Tuesday night as they fought in the ninth inning scoring three runs and having the tying run on third base. The effort was for naught as Pablo Sandoval grounded into the game ending double play . While losing to your rivals is never fun the fight they showed it something of a positive to take in the loss in a season that is set to be one of frustration and missed chances. Madison Bumgarner wasn’t as sharp as his outing on opening day, as he allowed a 5 run third inning which included an error to start the inning by Bum as well as walking the pitcher all made worse by giving up a grand slam to the red hot Cody Bellinger to cap the inning. Although Bumgarner got some revenge by hitting his 18th career home run a two run shot in the sixth inning . For the second night in a row the Dodgers bullpen proved to be shaky against the Giants late in the game as Dave Roberts chose to use Yimi Garcia as they held a 4 run lead in the ninth , but with Evan Longoria leading off the ninth with a single and Buster following with a walk Roberts optioned to go to his closer. As Crawford ripped a ground ball over to Muncy who bobbled the ball to start and a miss handle by Jansen covering first it opened the door wide open for the Giants to keep their hopes alive . With Jansen walking in a run and a strike out of Joe Panik , Gerardo Parra singled home two runs which had the Giants in prime position when Jansen got Pablo to ground into the game ending double play and while it was a big gut punch to the Giants who fought their way back to almost stun their juggernaut of a rival in a game that doesn’t mean much in terms of record , it does have have importance in terms of showing that this team is actually capable of putting runs on the board and that they will not go down this season without putting up a fight till it has been 27 outs, and for that we as Giants fans should embrace what this club brings night in and night out in Bruce Bochy’s farewell tour.