With some momentum for the first time in a long time, the San Francisco Giants entered Saturday’s game with a glimmer of hope.
Unfortunately for the Giants, David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays turned that hope into frustration and the familiar feeling of anger on Saturday.
Price pitched a nine-inning gem, Wil Myers hit a walk-off single and the Rays took down the Giants 2-1 in 10 innings. Myers hit an 0-1 pitch into left field, and the ball went over Jeff Francoeur’s head for the winning hit.
His hit came off of Jean Machi, who let the only four batters he faced reach base. Machi struggled mightily, but he was the only Giants pitcher who did so. Starter Tim Lincecum matched Price with a gem of his own, as he pitched seven innings and gave up just one run.
That run came on a fielder’s choice hit by Ben Zobrist, while San Francisco scored its only run on a single by Brandon Crawford. Francoeur, who had a stellar three-hit night, scored on the hit.
It wasn’t enough, though. Francoeur was stranded in the eighth inning after leading off the inning with a double, and Hunter Pence suffered the same fate in the 10th. Ironically, Francoeur failed to come through with Pence on base.
And it cost the Giants.
Both starters pitched gems as anticipated, as the matchup between two Cy Young Award winners turned out to be a great one. However, San Francisco’s bullpen struggled, as it let eight runners reach base in two innings.
Guillermo Moscoso will try to give the Giants, which are 3-2 on their road trip, a much-needed series win tomorrow. If he can pitch as well as Lincecum did, it should be enough.
But with the way San Francisco’s offense has performed, you never know what will be enough.