Giants lose series opener vs hot start Rays

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.