The Miami Marlins have given the San Francisco Giants fits, and that trend continued on Thursday night.
Sandy Rosario walked Justin Ruggiano to lead of the eighth inning. Rosario promptly entered the game after Chad Gaudin was taken out with a right elbow contusion. Gaudin was pelted with a hard line drive in the fifth inning.
Rosario pitched 2.2 innings in relief before handing the job over to Jeremy Affeldt, who hit the first batter he faced–Derek Dietrich. Adeiny Hechavarria followed with a sacrifice bunt that advanced both runners into scoring position. Affeldt struck out Jeff Mathis, but Marcell Ozuna slashed a two-run single down the right field line to put the Marlins up 2-1.
Affeldt has now given up three runs in his last 1.2 innings. Ozuna’s game-winning hit came on his 0-2 pitch, which was a fastball slightly off the plate but a bit elevated.
The Giants didn’t record a hit until the sixth inning, when Gregor Blanco singled. Blanco was quickly erased, however, as he was easily thrown out trying to swipe second base.
San Francisco took a 1-0 lead on Joaquin Arias’s RBI triple in the seventh. Before Arias broke the tie, Brandon Belt doubled with two outs.
Angel Pagan was carted off the field rehabbing in Stockto, according to Joe Ritzo, the San Jose Giants’ broadcaster. Pagan was hopeful to return this weekend, but that’s obviously out of the question after the setback.