The Phils’ offense once again is unable to get started as they drop one to the Giants, 4-2.
The Giants took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Angel Pagan, who had started the inning off with a single. The Giants then took a 2-0 lead as Cabrera scored on Pablo Sandoval’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a monster lead-off home run to left, his second home run of the year, cutting the Giants’ lead down to 2-1. The Giants got the run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third on Buster Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Posey, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Giants increased their lead one batter later as, after Posey had stolen third base, as the third base umpire missed the call, he would score on Brandon Crawford’s force out, 1-6, wiping out Schierholtz at second base for the inning’s second out, as Crawford is able to beat the throw to first, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jimmy Rollins, who then moved up to second base on Madison Bumgarner’s wild pitch, Pence being hit by the pitch, and a single by Ty Wigginton, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, making it a 4-2 Giants’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth, as he got Shane Victorino to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.
Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick and Michael Stutes combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kendrick) and two walks (one walk each) between them, while striking out three (Kendrick (2), Stutes (1)). Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 3.63) got the win as he went six strong innings, giving up two runs on seven scattered hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Clay Hensley recorded his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils. Sergio Romo collected his second hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Santiago Casilla received his first save of the year, as he replaced injured closer Brian Wilson, by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.
The Phils had only eight hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino (Double), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk, a hit batter (Pence) and two stolen bases (Victornio (5), Pierre (3)), as they are once again unable to get the key hit that they needed as they tried to put together a few rallies.
The Phils (5-6, T-4th East) will conclude their three-game series with the Giants (5-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their number two starter Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 13, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Lee will be out to redeem himself as he goes once again for his first win, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Giants will counter with Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 13, as he pitched a one-hit complete game, while striking out eleven, in the Giants’ 5-0 shutout. He will be trying to compound the Phils present offensive troubles as he goes for his second win of the season. The Phils will be trying to leave San Francisco with their first series victory on the road.