The Giants cruised to victory today on the back of a strong, 1 run, 2 hit pitching gem from Madison Bumgarner, with plenty of run support. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. No. The Giants Don't Do That. 1 - 0, another loss.
In fact, even when they had a chance, they wanted nothing to do with it. 4th inning, 2 outs and Posey standing at 2nd after his lead-off double. Panik singles to center to the weak-armed Ben Revere. Posey was held at 3rd to give Gregor (5 for 38 since the ASB) a shot. Of course that was an out. Why do I even bother to type it? Brandon Belt hit one over Revere's head in the 7th with Span at 3rd and Pagan at 2nd. But Revere ran it down and caught it with his back to the infield. Yes, that was also the 3rd out of that inning. Giants were 1 for 9 with RISP, and that 1 did not, of course, result in a run.
Madison Bumgarner went 8 strong. Wilson Ramos seemed to hit the right part of the yard (he didn't think so, he flipped his bat in disgust as he left the box) for a home run, and that was 50% of the total hits that Washington got. He struck out 7 and walked 2. And for that effort, he picks up a "L." The Giants have lost 8 of the last 10 games in which he has pitched. And of those, this was probably the best effort on his part.
It was great to see Matt Cain get some run support yesterday in the Giants 7 - 1 effort. He deserves it, having been at the bottom of the league in run support for a good part of his career. How many players get their names made into a verb because of the rest of their team? But his recent success aside, I am shocked that the Giants are still in 1st place. I don't expect it to last long. As Mark said yesterday, "You can have all the baserunners you want but if you can't push them across no one gives a damn." The Giants need to figure out how to push some of them across the plate, and fast.