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San Francisco Giants’ Road Funk Continues in Home Opener Against the Washington Nationals

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The San Francisco Giants’ road trip funk has so far followed them home. They lost the three-game series to the visiting Cincinnati Reds, even though they managed to scrape one 9-7 win on Tuesday July 26th.

And while it was hoped that the return of Joe Panik from the DL could spark the offense against the visiting Washington Nationals, the Giants lost the opener on Thursday July 28th. The Giants still stand atop the NL West with a 59-43 record, and hold first place by two games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“Not to put it all on Joe but him being in the lineup sure is good for the guys to see and lengthen the lineup a little bit,” said Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy postgame. “We still had a tough night at the plate. Their guy threw well…when you’re in a streak like this…we just couldn’t quite finish it there in the ninth.”

The Giants had a chance to rally in the bottom of the ninth, where they looked threatening to at least go for the tie – the score stood 4-2 Nationals with the bases loaded and one out. The Giants’ hope for a single off of Denard Span’s at bat was almost tangible. But that nonexistent offensive spark robbed the Giants of their chances at a win, and the game ultimately concluded 4-2 Nationals.

Right hander Johnny Cueto racked up another loss for the season.

His time on the mound wasn’t all the excitement as usual, and he exited the game in the fifth inning with a 5.40 ERA from eight hits and two runs.

“I was trying to get outs but unfortunately nothing went my way,” said Cueto via his translator postgame. “You try to do your best and sometimes it’s just very frustrating that you can’t throw strikes.”

The Giants continue their four-game series against the Nationals with right hander Jeff Samardzija taking the mound, and the prospect of Hunter Pence’s return to bolster their spirits.

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