Blown saves. I think Giants fans had seen quite enough of those last year to last well into this year. Sigh.
Great game though 5 innings. Madison Bumgarner on the hill for the Giants, Zach Greinke for the dbacks. Madison was perfect through 5 - didn't allow a baserunner and was making it look easy. The Giants, on the other hand, made Greinke work. Baserunner in the 1st, a manufactured run in the 2nd thanks to Nunez and Panik. Then, a bit of history as Madison Bumgarner tied the Giants' record (15) for home runs by a pitcher in the 4th with a solo shot. That was fun. In the top of the 6th, the Giants added one, with Nunez singling home BCraw. Then, it turned into a baseball contest. Madison gave up a triple, then a single to break the shutout, then a home run to tie the game.
They went into the 7th inning tied. Greinke had been pulled after the 5th, Andrew Chafin pitching. Madison broke that tie with another solo shot, this one way up in the left field stands. Man, the guy has a stroke when there is a ball over the plate, and now leads all Giants pitchers with 16 home runs. So the Giants went into the 8th with a 4 - 3 lead facing the dbacks 5th pitcher of the day. No more runs, though, as the Giants sent Derek Law to the mound to hold the lead. He had nothing, giving up a run on 3 hits to tie the game and leaving Blach and Strickland to get 3 outs.
So, again a tie game going into the 9th. Fernando Rodney pitching for Arizona. Joe Panik tripled to lead off the inning! Gillaspie, in reserve for just such a role, sacrificed him home for a 5 - 4 lead. In spite of wild pitches and a walk, though, the Giants entered the bottom of the 9th with just the one-run lead.
And then. What was Melancon's story, that he didn't allow a single run all spring? 2 quick outs and then a loss - a blown save for Law and one for Melancon. Giants lose a heartbreaker, 6 - 5.
2 hits for Span, 3 for Nunez, 2 for Crawford and 2 for Madison, who now is leading MLB hitters in the home run category. But the Giants open with a loss, spoiling a fine effort. Arizona can be Coors Field-like, but the bottom line is, you pitch in the late innings, you need to get outs. Didn't do that today. Is it too early for existential angst? No, it is not.