Extra innings at AT&T Park between the Astros and Giants, again…unfortunately the G-men couldn’t pull out the win on Sunday.
In eleven, San Francisco dropped the game to Houston 4-3. The two teams split the four game series, not particularly what the Giants could afford to do as they prepare for a playoff push—hopefully.
The Astros scored first in the fourth, but the Giants battled back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score and then take a 2-1 lead. Houston answered scoring another run in the eighth, sending the game into extras.
Each club notched a run in the tenth, but when it came to the 11th the Astros took command of the game for good.
On the bright side of things Matt Cain, who started on the mound, wasn’t stuck with the loss. Relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez dropped to 2-3 for the season with the loss.
Aubrey Huff, Orlando Cabrera, and Mark De Rosa drove in the three runs for San Fran. De Rosa seems to have been a positive addition after coming off the DL for most of the season. In Sunday’s contest he capitalized on his one at bat, not only bringing in the game extending run, but aggressively attempting to reach second on his outfield hit.
The umpire at second called De Rosa out, saying he was tagged while his hand slipped off the base. Bruce Bochy argued the call, and was tossed from the game. Although De Rosa’s out at second wasn’t helpful for the game’s outcome, fans can hope Bochy’s defense for his players was an adrenaline boost for the team chemistry.
The Giants host the Cubs for three games this week, and once again the hope would be that the Giants capitalize on playing a subpar squad at home; and can make up some games on the NL West leading Diamondbacks. Arizona sits three games up on San Francisco after sweeping the Padres this weekend.