San Francisco—Sunday was a perfect day for baseball. The sun was shining and AT&T was buzzing with excitement in anticipation of game 4 against Houston. In a pivotal series finale that Bruce Bochy called, a must win San Francisco was unable to earn the win and lost another close home game falling 3-2 on 10 innings, falling further behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The story of the game early, (as expected) was the pitching. Matt Cain was sharp, but the Giants offensive struggles continued and they were unable to get Cain his 11th win of the season. It was no surprise that the bats would remain quiet with Cain on the mound. Since he joined the Giants in 2006 he has had the lowest run support in the majors, and the Giants did nothing to change that with their performance Sunday. Opposing pitcher Bud Norris appeared virtually unhittable holding the Giants to 1 hit through 6 1/3 innings before the Giants found a way to crack the scoreboard and take the lead with an offensive explosion for 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th.
Aubrey Huff’s double in the 7th was a rare hit with a runner in scoring position as the Giants are batting a lowly .168 in these clutch situations. As he did last year though Huff came through for San Francisco and got a hit when it mattered most. The lead was short lived though as Cain was unable to hold the Astros in check and the teams were tied at 2 after 8 innings.
The action picked up in the 10th with the usually reliable bullpen surrending a run, which appeared to seal the Giants fate. However, the Giants appeared ready to take another dramatic comeback in the bottom half of the inning. If not for a blown call at second base that earned Bruce Bochy his second ejection of the year, San Francisco would have likely won the game. The call proved costly as the Astros immediately scored in the top of the 11 and the Giants were out of their late inning magic. Mark DeRosa the victim of this call had this to say after the game, “I though I was safe. I mean it’s a tough call, bang bang. You try and hold the bag but momentum takes you off but I thought I got my left hand back on it. It’s a huge play trying to get to second there. Carlos (Beltran) coming up. He ends up getting a hit so I feel terrible getting thrown out”.
The loss continued the Giants series losing streak. Their last series victory was in mid August against the Marlines and they haven’t won a home series since their July series with the Brewers. The Giants do not have a tough schedule for the rest of the season, as the toughest opponent they will have to face will be Arizona, but based on how they are playing and the fact that the Astros have the worst record in baseball things do not appear hopeful.