The San Francisco Giants fell to the Washington Nationals by the final of 14-6. Things started well too, but they snowballed quickly in the final three innings with the San Francisco bullpen struggling mightily.
Neither Ryan Vogelsong nor Stephen Strasburg went very deep into the game this afternoon. Vogelsong did go a respectable 5.1 innings but left the game having allowed three runs on four hits immediately following a solo home run.
For the Nationals Strasburg went just four innings as the San Francisco Giants offense tagged him for five runs on eight hits. That includes one each in the first and second innings followed by three runs scored in the third which at the time gave the Giants a 5-0 lead. Gregor Blanco and Travis Ishikawa both hit solo homers.
The sixth inning is when the doors blew open. Vogelsong started the inning but lasted just one batter after allowing a solo home run. Then came Jeremy Affeldt who didn’t fair well either.
The first run on Affeldt came because of a wild pitch that got by the catcher, which allowed the floodgates to open. In all Affeldt did not get a single out and instead allowed four runs in five hits. Jean Machi had to come into the game to clean up the mess, though he too allowed a run in the process. Following that bad inning the score was 8-5 Nationals.
They weren’t done either, as they ended up scoring another six runs — one in the seventh and five more in the eighth — showing why they hold the best record in the National League. Juan Gutierrez allowed five of those runs in 1.1 innings and Javier Lopez also succeeded a run in his brief appearance.
In all the San Francisco Giants were only able to win one of three against the Nationals. Next up are the Colorado Rockies who the Giants play in a four-game series. This is a series they need to grab three wins out of to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race.