Petit Struggles, Giants Fall Short of Another Comeback

The Giants rallied again, but the comeback fell short on Friday night as they dropped game two to the Marlins 7-5.

For the second straight game, the Marlins took an early lead when Christian Yelich led off the game with a home run to right-center field. But just like Thursday night, the Giants refused to stay down. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles before Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to seven games and crushed an RBI double to left, scoring Pagan and tying the game at one.

With one out in the top of the third, Yelich reached base again – this time on a fielding error by Brandon Crawford. Unfortunately for Yusmeiro Petit and the Giants the next batter, Derek Dietrich, gave Miami back the lead with a two-run shot to right. The Marlins added another run in the fourth when Garrett Jones hit a one-out double, moved to third on a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adeiny Hechavarria.

But just like Thursday night, the Giants offense refused to quit, even down by three runs. Sandoval led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the left field line, and Michael Morse followed it up with a single. A wild pitch by Henderson Alvarez allowed Morse to move to second. Sandoval came home on a sacrifice fly by Crawford, and Morse scored on a double by Brandon Hicks making it 4-3 Marlins.

Yelich and the Marlins weren’t done yet, though, as he singled to lead off the top of the fifth and stole second base. With two outs, Casey McGehee singled, making it 5-3 Miami. The fifth inning also marked the end of the night for Petit, who allowed five runs (four earned), no walks, and five strikeouts in his five innings of work in place of Tim Hudson, who’s missing a start with a strained left hip. Petit threw 90 pitches, 58 of them strikes.

But, once again, San Francisco responded. Pagan led off the bottom of the inning with a double, moved to third on a fly out by Pence, and scored on a Buster Posey sacrifice fly.

The rally continued into the sixth. Morse led off with a single, and Hicks reached on a fielding error by McGehee. Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco came through with yet another clutch performance, delivering a base hit to right field and tying the game at five.

It stayed that way until the top of the ninth, when Miami finally took the lead back for good. Yelich led off with a walk against Santiago Casilla, and Dietrich followed up with a single. Casilla struck out Miami’s MVP Giancarlo Stanton but gave up an RBI single to McGehee to give the Marlins the lead. Two batters later, Jones singled in another run, making it 7-5 and sealing the win for Miami.

With both the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers winning on Friday night, San Francisco lost some ground in the West, but they still maintain a three-game lead over Colorado and a four-game lead over LA. The Giants will look to bounce back on Saturday when they send Tim Lincecum (3-2, 4.78) to the mound to face right-hander Tom Koehler (3-3, 2.57).