The San Francisco Giants looked on it last week when they swept their division rival Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game home series. Injuries aside, the Giants looked like a team that could easy keep on their stride with the best record in the National League.
But since the Giants hit the road to take on the San Diego Padres, they’ve looked less polished.
Pitching ace Madison Bumgarner racked up his fifth loss of the season to premiere the inter-division series. He gave up seven hits, four runs, and two home runs in six innings pitched – a massive difference from the complete he earned during his last bout on the mound. The Giants lost 1-4.
“You can’t start taking it for granted or get comfortable, because there’s a couple teams that will give a run for it,” Bumgarner said. “We’ve got to go out and play good baseball and take it a day at a time and see where we stack up at the end of the season. I’m out there competing. This is an important game for us. They all are. I’m giving it everything I’ve got and everyone else is, too.”
Jeff Samardzija look the mound in Saturday night’s matchup, and pitched five hits, five runs, and two home runs in five innings. In spite of Samardzija’s relatively mediocre night, the Giants managed to keep the game tied until the 10th inning.
At the bottom of the 10th with men on first and third, the Padres got a walk-off balk thanks to Giants’ closer Santiago Casilla. The game concluded 7-6, Padres.
“It looked like he was a little discombobulated there on the balk,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He was going home and his cleat caught or something. It’s got to be one continuous motion. He did the right thing by throwing the ball, but he stutter-stepped and that’s why it’s a balk.”
The Giants have one more game against the Padres to try and avoid the sweep before they move on the play the Boston Red Sox in another road series.