Both pitchers had their stuff working for them early in the game, with Ty Blach going four innings without allowing a hit, and Ross forcing the Giants to strand all of their base runners.
Ross ended his night with six innings pitched, seven hits, one run, one walk and five strikeouts, whereas Blach didn’t fare so well, going only five innings (well, he started the sixth but didn’t get an out), seven hits, four runs, three earned, one walk and three strikeouts. The Giants combined for two errors from Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria.
The offense was there, I swear to you. There were 10 hits, after all. Unfortunately, they were pretty evenly spread out throughout the game and most were left stranded. However, it’s worth highlighting Brandon Crawford’s three hits, and the way Brandon Belt worked the shift.
Belt has one of the most easily identifiable shifts in baseball used against him. And tonight he bunted up the third base line for a hit in the first, worked a walk in the third, and got a single through the shift and past a diving Carlos Asuaje in the fifth.
They were left on base each time.
Things really started to fall apart for Blach and the Giants in the bottom of the fifth. He gave up his first hit of the night to Christian Villanueva - also the first hit of the series by a non-pitcher. It was an infield single to Evan Longoria, who tried to barehand the catch and throw but couldn’t get a grip on the ball.
Freddy Galvis hit into a fielder’s choice, followed by a single to right by Austin Hedges. Asuaje hit a ground ball to Belt, who booted it for an error, and threw to Blach for the out. However, San Diego challenged successfully and Asuaje was called safe to load the bases.
This brought up the pitcher, Tyson Ross, who drew a quick 3-0 count before hitting a single to right on a full count and scoring Galvis. Frenchy Cordero hit into a fielder’s choice where Belt redeemed himself by making a clutch throw home to beat Hedges. With the bases still loaded, Jose Pirela singled in Asuaje.
It actually wasn’t that bad, all things considered. Though there was a lot of contact, only two runs scored. That wouldn’t last long, however, as Blach came back out to start the sixth. Hunter Renfroe doubled to right and Villanueva followed that up with a bloop double to right (with no one playing there) that scored Renfroe. Galvis then hit a single up the middle, through the hands of a diving Joe Panik, scoring Villanueva to make the score 4-0.
At this point, Pierce Johnson came in and shut the inning down with a fly ball and two strikeouts. The only Giants pitcher not to allow a run.
The offense started to put together a little rally in the seventh, with Gregor Blanco hitting a grounder to Galvis where he just beat the throw at first. Pablo Sandoval folowed that up with a single to second base, where a bad throw by Galvis to Asuaje allowed everyone to reach safely. This successfully knocked Tyson Ross out of the game and Craig Stammen entered. Joe Panik knocked in Blanco on a single to right, thanks to a bad throw from Renfroe, but that was all they would get.
Sam Dyson entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and immediately gave up a homerun to Frenchy Cordero to erase the Giants lone, and hard-fought run. And that, as they say, was that.
It’s difficult to get too annoyed about losing a baseball game, especially when that baseball game was interrupted by NBC to alert us that our country was currently bombing another country, so I’ll just say to enjoy the things you love. Even when they annoy you. And try to see the forest for the trees.