There doesn’t seem to be any answer on why the San Francisco Giants (57-50) have been struggling and no one knows the exact reason. They are in the midst of a six game losing streak, with the last five games being at home, and are desperately seeking answers. With the Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47) solely at the helm of first place, the Giants have a lot to figure out and time is ticking.
Tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (57-49) proved to be another tough loss, not only for the fans but the players as well. One of two bright sides was that OF Michael Morse hit his first home run since May 15th in the second inning, which happened to be the only run of the night.
Starting pitcher, Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71 ERA), had another quality start after giving up two home runs in the first two innings. After settling down into a rhythm with rookie catcher, Andrew Susac, Hudson shut down the Pirates by pitching a total of seven innings with six hits, three earned runs, one walk, and two strike outs.
For Giants’ Manager, Bruce Bochy, it seems that the key for a win is getting the bats going and for the life of him, he can’t tell you why this isn’t happening.
“We are sputtering with the offense and there’s not much else to say,” said Bochy, “We keep working and hope we come out of it but we aren’t stringing together enough hits. It’s tough for these guys, believe me.”
Tough is right, especially when you are in front of a restless home crowd that’s begging for a win and the right to not hear, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, for a sixth straight game.
At the end of the day, it comes down to playing clean baseball and focusing on the basics: pitching, hitting, and defense. And in the words of Buster Posey, “We have to keep fighting, keep grinding. We have no choice.”
Tomorrow, the Giants complete their six game home stand with the final game against the Pirates by sending Tim Lincecum (9-7, 3.96 ERA) to the mound against the Pirates’ Charlie Morton (5-10, 3.65 ERA). First pitch is at 12:45pm.