The San Francisco Giants are 25-44 in their last 69 games. Somehow, they have won three of their last five series.
San Francisco took their series against the Philadelphia Phillies in thrilling fashion. Closer Sergio Romo escaped a jam in the ninth, one in which the bases were loaded with no one out. In the top half of the inning, Roger Kieschnick and Joaquin Arias hit RBI singles to give the Giants a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Jonathan Papelbon came in to close out the game, and he immediately got in trouble. Hunter Pence and Brett Pill singled to start the inning, and Kieschnick came to the plate with those two on the corners. He whacked the first pitch he saw into right field for the go-ahead single.
Arias followed with a ground ball, one that got through into left field for a hit. The Giants couldn’t score any more runs, but they did what they needed to do. Romo managed to finish off the game in the ninth, as he induced two weak pop-ups and a fielder’s choice to end the game.
Matt Cain and Cole Hamels both pitched eight innings, and Hamels was in line for the win. However, the erratic Papelbon blew the save, and he allowed Cain to pick up his seventh win of the season. In addition, Papelbon took his sixth blown save of the year.
The Giants scored three runs or fewer for the 11th time in their last 14 games, but they ground out a win today. The team benefited from three hits from Pence and two hits from Arias, both of whom came up clutch. Kieschnick raised his batting average to .500 with his third hit in his first six major league at-bats.
San Francisco, which is 48-59, will now visit Tampa Bay and take on the Rays. The team is 10 games back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.