The San Francisco Giants have had a lot of bad moments this season. Tonight’s loss summed up the season in one bad moment.
Brandon Belt made a two-strike, two-out error in the ninth inning to cost the Giants a much-needed win. The Giants are now eight games back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, and they are in fourth place.
Matt Cain pitched a great game, as he went seven innings and gave up just one run (on an RBI single by Starlin Castro). However, Cain left with the Giants trailing the Chicago Cubs 1-0. Edwin Jackson pitched beautifully in the first six innings, as he surrendered a mere two hits. In the seventh, though, Jeff Francoeur singled in two runs.
Belt got tagged out trying to score on the throw, which was the first mistake he made. In the ninth, Sergio Romo let the first two guys get on base, but he struck out David DeJesus and got Junior Lake to ground into a fielder’s choice. With two strikes to Anthony Rizzo, Romo got Rizzo to hit a routine ground ball.
It sure didn’t seem routine.
Belt channeled his inner Bill Buckner and missed the ball, which gave the Cubs the lead. The game wasn’t over, and Pablo Sandoval started a rally with a single. However, three flyouts ended the game. Belt hit a deep fly ball that almost ended the game, but the wind knocked it down, and DeJesus caught it.
The Giants are falling out of the NL West race, and they could end up selling off key pieces. The Giants are struggling mightily, and this loss summed up their season. Partially because of this loss, the Giants have a big decision to make.
If there is one silver lining in this loss, it’s that the decision is now easier.