The June swoon seems to be in full effect as the Giants drop their sixth straight game and fall to the Diamondbacks 4-1.
Their sixth loss marks a season-high and San Francisco is now one for their last ten games.
With Tim Lincecum (5-4, .481) versus the D-back’s Josh Collmenter (4-4, 4.05), you might think there was a fighting chance for the Giants to break free of their losing streak. Unfortunately when you factor in the Giants luck lately, Angel Pagan’s recently epidural-ed lower back, and the “Goldschmidt” factor, the Magic-8 Ball would likely to tell you that the Giants were fated for another loss.
The first inning started off well enough as Buster Posey (2-for-3) singled to Geraldo Parra in right field. A line drive off the bat of Pablo Sandoval (1-for-3) to left fielder David Peralta resulted in a triple as the ball deflected off the glove of rookie center fielder Ender Inciarte putting the Giants up 1-0. Despite only scoring one run that inning, the Giants were able to run Collmenter’s pitch count to 30 at the end of the first and things were surely looking up for a team looking to build momentum.
The good news ended there as the Diamondbacks’ battled back in the fourth. Paul Goldschmidt walked and advanced to scoring position on a ground out to first. Aaron Hill roped a single, scoring Goldschmidt and the Diamondback’s first run to tie the ball game at 1-1. The Snakes then went ahead with a Gerardo Parra double that went over the head of Gregor Blanco, who appeared to have a bad read on the ball.
Despite the high pitch count for Collmenter and walks issued to Blanco and Posey in the top of the fifth, the Giants were unable to cash in on runs when Sandoval struck out looking and Michael Morse flied out to end the inning. While the Giants have had previous success with two-out hitting, their luck seems to have dried up with the Giants stranding seven on base and neglecting to cash in on the runs needed to take the lead.
The fifth and sixth innings knocked in a couple more runs for the Diamondbacks. In the fifth, the Incariate singled on a ground ball to Blanco, followed by an RBI triple by Chris Owings to add a run to the board. The sixth included a double off the bat of Goldschmidt followed by a sac-fly for Aaron Hill that drove in another run to put the Dbacks up 4-1.
The Giants went down quietly against the Snakes’ bullpen in the last three innings, adding another game to their loss streak. Ryan Vogelsong (4-3, 3.94) toes the rubber tomorrow in hopes of turning the tides against the Diamondbacks behind Brandon McCarthy (1-9, 5.18) .
First pitch at 7:10.