The San Francisco Giants are flirting with disaster by losing critical games so close to season conclusion. Their playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread, as they need to claim the wild card to advance to October baseball. Despite going for 19 hits and 12 runs to debut the home stand against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night, the Giants couldn’t bring their bats to life on Wednesday. They suffered a 2-0 loss for game two, and remain second in the wild card race behind the New York Mets.
“We did what we needed to do,” said Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy postgame. “We pitched well and held them there we just couldn’t score… it’s kind of been our thing, coming back in the 9th and finding ways to win games and it hasn’t happened for quite a while.”
But if the Giants can find any sort of solace from the loss, it should be in the fact that the relief didn’t drive the game into the ground. The only runs of the game were given up by Jeff Samardzija, who threw another decent start. He only giving up seven hits and two runs alongside 11 strikeouts for a 3.00 ERA.
“I felt good out there, made some good pitches,” said Samardzija. “We swung it real well yesterday we’ll come back out tomorrow and see what happens. It’s another big game for us, as are the rest of them from here on out.”
The Giants face the Rockies in one more game before facing the Los Angeles Dodgers to conclude regular season. And while the picture may look bleak for the Giants right now, they only really need to stay ahead of the Cardinals.
“You’d like to take advantage of the situation when a team loses obviously you want to go out there and win the game,” said Bochy.
The Giants suffered another loss, but so did the St. Louis which means the Giants are still above water. But the bats do need to heat up in order to keep the even-ending World Series championship streak alive.