Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 4/28/13
These are not your World Champion San Francisco Giants. The last few days have been much more reminiscent of the mid 1990’s Giants, replete with inconsistent pitching and shaky defense. It is frequently said that to win any given game a team needs two of the three staples of any game, pitching, hitting and defense. While the Giants’ offense managed seven runs and eleven hits, the rest of the team was much less positive. The Padres scored the winning run on an error by Marco Scutaro in the bottom of the 12th inning, but the issues for the Black and Orange began much earlier in the game. On the offensive side of the ball the Giants took a three run lead in the second when Brandon Crawford launched his fifth home run of the year just inside the foul pole. They added two more in the third with a pair of RBI doubles from Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey. The game started off well enough with Barry Zito blazing through the first three innings allowing just two hits in the process. However, the fourth inning would be Zito, and the defense’s undoing. With one out Carlos Quentin reached on an error by Andres Torres. After a single by Kyle Blanks, Yonder Alonso plated a pair with his second double of the night.  A ground out put Zito within reach of escaping the inning, however a subsequent walk, single and double ended Zito’s night with the game tied at five a piece. Zito was relieved by Chad Gaudin who immediately yielded a single to Everth Cabrera granting the Padres a 6-5 lead.  Zito managed only 3.2 innings allowing six hits, six runs (one earned), one walk and four strikeouts. The offense responded immediately with Scutaro and Posey reaching before Hunter Pence hit a two out, two run triple to put the Giants back on top 7-6. Gaudin pitched admirably into the bottom of the seventh before yielding a leadoff double to Chase Headley. Gaudin was replaced by George Kontos who allowed a one out, game tying single to Kyle Blanks.  From the 8th to 12th innings, both bullpens battled, with the highlight for the Giants’ being the performance of Jean Machi who pitched three scoreless innings striking out three. The game reached its climax in the bottom of the 12th. With Sergio Romo on the mound for the Giants, the Padres put runners on first and third with one out courtesy of a double and single. Nick Hundley followed with a hard grounder towards second. Marco Scutaro charged the in between hop with the notion of throwing to second, beginning a double play. However, the ball hopped lower than expected, through the legs of Scutaro, letting the run score and giving the game to the Padres. The Giants’ usually consistent defense has been disappointing so far this year, with 15 errors placing the team in the bottom half in baseball. With the starting pitching and bullpen inconsistent thus far as well, the hitting is surprisingly the Giants best asset. Though early, there are a few wobbles that need to get worked out. The post Giants’ Pitching, Defense Struggle in 12 inning loss to Padres appeared first on BaySportsNet.com.
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