San Francisco, CA – The postseason is looking more and more distant for the World Champs. The offense failed again scoring no runs. Only able to get two hits, this became a season low for the Giants.
The Chicago Cubs handed a 7-0 loss which resulted in more frustrations for San Francisco as they head into the month of September. It’s important to gain ground in chasing the first place spot in the National Leagues West held by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“We’re at home, we know these are all important games,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We know how critical they are and we’re running out of time.”
Totaling two runs or fewer in 23 of the last 37 games, San Francisco is the lowest scoring team in the Major Leagues. Falling to Cubs pitcher Randy Wells, who has never thrown a complete game in his professional career brings concern amongst the front office to make some drastic changes.
It was the first time Chicago hit three home runs in one inning since June 9, 2010, when they faced the Brewers hitting only two. Geovany Soto, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena all blasted homers in the seventh frame. That was pretty much the end of the game for the Giants.
“At this time last year, we were in a similar spot but we were gaining ground, not going backwards,” said Tim Lincecum. “Right now it’s obviously frustrating for everybody. It’s one of those situations where it’s hard to keep your head up when things aren’t really going our way. I guess they call it the dog days of August. Hopefully, we can pick ourselves up in September.”
Wells gave up two hits, no runs, one walk and seven strikeouts in nine innings. In celebration of his first shutout he got pied with shaving-cream in the face. This was the second win for the Cubs in the last nine games. So, the question remains, did Randy pitch a near perfect game or was it Lincecum’s three homers that set the pace.
Either way San Francisco played one of their worst games in August. With only two players getting hits it’s become clear that the Giants need to shake things up. They’ve lost their 12th consecutive series opener and have averaged 1.67 runs compared to 3.53 in other contests.
Andres Torres returned to leadoff first with a walk. He then doubled in the third with two outs but Jeff Keppinger grounded out to shortstop Starlin Castro to end the inning. Mike Fontenot was the only other player to get a hit, singling in the eighth. Going into the seventh with Chicago up 1-0 didn’t seem so bad until the home runs were unleashed.
“My purpose is to go out there and pitch giving my team a chance to win,” explained Tim. “Whether it’s giving up one run, two runs or zero runs. That’s my job and I didn’t do that tonight, I made three poorly executed pitches when it counted and they hit them out of the park.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino