Giants' offense awakens too late vs. Bucs

Giants' offense awakens too late vs. Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants are going to get back into the postseason chase in a serious way, they are going to have to find their missing offense.

Thursday’s 10-5 loss in a series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park was an ugly one, and not just because of the two errors and five unearned runs that scored in the seventh inning when the Pirates blew the game open.


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SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants are going to get back into the postseason chase in a serious way, they are going to have to find their missing offense.

Thursday’s 10-5 loss in a series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park was an ugly one, and not just because of the two errors and five unearned runs that scored in the seventh inning when the Pirates blew the game open.


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San Francisco didn’t have a hit in the first four innings, then got three in the fifth off Pirates starter Ivan Nova, a triple by Alen Hanson driving in one run and setting up another. And then the Giants didn’t get another hit and had just one more baserunner before scoring three runs in the ninth.

Beyond that, Nova was as sharp as he’d been all season. And San Francisco starter Andrew Suarez, while falling to 4-8, had just one bad inning.

Second-inning homers by Elias Diaz and Josh Bell on consecutive pitches from Suarez put the Pirates on top, 3-0. And after the Giants showed that bit of life in the fifth, five runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth led to the Giants’ fifth loss in the last six games.

Before Thursday’s ninth-inning rally, San Francisco had not scored more than three runs in its previous five games. In the last three games, the Giants have 14 hits, one more than the Pirates had Thursday.

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

Published at Fri, 10 Aug 2018 05:16:21 +0000

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