In their first trip to Kansas City since 2008, the San Francisco Giants (62-54) just couldn’t pull it together and dropped the series opener to the Royals (61-53), 4-2.
Starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.22 ERA), gave up a two-run, home run in the first inning to Royals’ first baseman Billy Butler on a mistake fast ball. After righting the ship, he gave the Giants eight solid innings giving up four runs, three earned runs, one home run, and five strike outs over 123 pitches. Even with a strong performance, Bumgarner still earned his ninth loss of the season.
The reason for Bumgarner’s loss, a lack of defensive support. In total, the Giants received three errors in tonight’s game that proved to be costly. It seemed in tonight’s game that first baseman, Michael Morse, and rookie second baseman, Matt Duffy, had no chemistry and just couldn’t get things to click between them.
Offensively, the Giants were getting hits against Royals’ starter, Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.68 ERA), but never could drive the runs home. In total, they had 12 hits, left eight on base, and were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. A surprising producer at the plate was Joaquin Arias, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two doubles. Previous to this, Arias had only two doubles in 141 appearances this season.
The Giants bad luck didn’t stop there. It was also announced tonight that Brandon Belt is once again heading back to the seven day disabled list with resonating concussion symptoms. He was removed from Wednesday’s game due to headaches and is expected to see a doctor about his lingering symptoms.
The Giants can only look forward from here as they sit 3.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers (66-51) in the NL West. They send veteran pitcher, Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.74 ERA) to the mound to face Kansas City’s righty, James Sheilds (10-6, 3.43 ERA).