If you saw the first half-inning, you saw the game. To say that Madison Bumgarner, coming into a desperate win-needing situation against Pittsburgh, was not sharp would be kind. He was crappy. 4 runs before the Giants could get to bat aided by 2 walks among the first 3 hitters, a crappy strike zone and a crappy defense. It took more than 40 pitches to get through the first as the Pirates batted around. Madison gave up a home run in the 2nd, but then settled down and pitched pretty well, as did the bullpen. Too little, too late.
The Giants, meanwhile, were their all-too-familiar feeble selves. Vern Worley faced 29 batters for a complete game, and it would have been 28 if not for Hunter Pence's 2-out triple in the 9th. That was the only Giants base runner to get past first. I don't know about anyone else, but I am getting awfully tired of the unable-to-score-at-home theme. It doesn't make any sense. The Giants are a bad, bad team right now. With this loss, we are under .500 at home. A desperation trade for "someone with pop" is not going to help. It sure feels like we are in another one of those slides where we cough up 9 games or so, doesn't it?