Well, I had, if not hope, exactly, then expectations for something better. But today the Giants and Madison Bumgarner dropped the series against the St. Louis Cardinals and Carlos Martinez. The Giants have only won 1 of their last 7 games, 2 of their last 10 (both Tim's) and 5 of their last 22. Madison didn't pitch well enough. He gave up a home run after a walk that he did not agree with in the 1st inning. Then in the 3rd, Adam Duvall threw away what should have been a double play, and the Cardinals wound up scoring 3. Not to be outdone, Yusmiero Petit also threw away a double play ball in the 7th, allowing the Cardinal's 6th run to score. But by that time, you had a sense that our punk offense would not mount a comeback. In fact they did tease us with runners on base, but they consistently couldn't push them across. Remember when the Giants would score first and get 2-out rbis? Me neither.
Carlos Martinez kept the hitters off balance for the most part. Madison Bumgarner was much less of a pitcher than he is capable of being, although he did pick up 50% of the Giants' rbis. Madison's numbers: 5 innings, 5 runs (4 earned), 6 hits, 6 K, 3 BB. That is his second start in a row in which he pitched less than 7 innings and gave up at least 4. We need better from our #1. So many holes in our line-up right now. Blanco, bless his inconsistent little heart, got 2 hits today and scored the first run. This team is driving me to drink and that is about the only good thing I can say about them right now.