Madison Bumgarner turned in yet another quality start, and the Giants offense once again failed him, as San Francisco fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.
Not surprisingly, the Giants offense got on the board first in an unconventional way. With one out, Buster Posey crushed a double to right-center field for his first extra-base hit in his last 49 at-bats. He advanced to third on a wild pitch, and, one batter later, Pablo Sandoval walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. Roger Kieschnick then blooped the ball into shallow left field to put San Francisco on the board and give Bumgarner a 1-0 lead to work with.
It looked as if this slight lead would be enough for the Giants lefty, but then came the seventh inning and the Pirates offense. Gaby Sanchez and Josh Harrison lead off with back-to-back singles, and, one batter later, both came home to score on a three-run home run by Clint Barmes. Barmes’ 12th home run of the season gave Pittsburgh its 3-1 lead.
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