Photo courtesy of San Francisco Giants. DeSclafani readies to throw a pitch.
By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)
SAN FRANCISCO- The final game of their home series against the Orioles did not go well as the Giants lost by a final of 8-3.
The first pitch was thrown out at 1:07 p.m. with 9 mph winds going out to CF and the sun shining bright.
On the mound to start for the Giants was Anthony DeSclafani who came into the game sporting a 4-4 record with a 3.38 era. While for the Orioles Tyler Wells got the start with 3-2 record and a 3.23 era who also has a stellar 0.83 whip which leads the MLB.
The offense got going in the top of the third inning when Adam Frazier knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly to center field that got James McCann home. Following that up Austin Hayes singled on a line drive to right field and with Jorge Mateo on third it extended the lead to 2-0.
The top of the third continued to be a struggle for DeSclafani who walked Aaron Hicks and then walked Ryan Mountcastle and with the bases loaded that brought in the third run of the inning for Baltimore.
Offensively the Orioles were not done in the third as with the bases still loaded Josh Lester singled on a sharp line drive to center field. The hit knocked in three runs as Austin Slater made a poor throw to Brett Wisely which gave enough time for the third run to come home.
DeSclafani also hit James McCann with a pitch but was able to strike out Jorge Mateo finally bringing the top of the inning to a close.
At the top of the fourth inning not surprisingly the Giants made a pitching change bringing in Jakob Junis who came in with a 3-2 record and a 3.82 era.
In the sixth inning with Junis still on the mound McCann who was up to bat absolutely crushed a pitch to left field making it a 7-0 ball game.
With the Giants now up in the sixth Wilmer Flores walked which set up Blake Sabol who homered to right center field getting his seventh home run of the season and making it 7-2.
After the home run the Orioles made a pitching change taking out Wells and putting in Mike Baumann who had a 4-0 record along with a 4.11 era heading into the game.
Wells would finish with a stat line of 5.1 innings pitched, allowing four hits, two earned runs, and nine K’s.
In the seventh the Giants went to the bullpen once again this time calling on Ryan Walker who came in with a 1-0 record and a 1.23 era. Junis left the game with three innings pitched, three hits allowed, one run allowed, and 3 K’s.
The eight inning saw another pitching change for the Giants as Taylor Rodgers came into the game with a 1-2 record and a 3.93 era.
Baltimore followed suit in the bottom of the eight inning bringing in Yennier Cano who came into the game with a 1-0 record and a 0.90 era.
The Giants did get some excitement going in the inning with back to back hits from Lamonte Wade Jr. and J.D. Davis. Wilmer Flores was then able to reach on a fielders choice out scoring Wade from third making it 7-3.
Sabol then grounded out into a double play that was played beautifully by the Orioles defense bringing the inning to a quick close.
In the ninth to close the game out the Giants brought in Luke Jackson who was coming in for only his second appearance of the season so far.
Anthony Standar reached on a fielding error by Wisely and Hicks knocked him home with a triple bringing the score up to 8-3.
The bottom of the ninth saw the Giants go down in order with Austin Voth now dealing for the Orioles.
Taking the win home was Wells while DeSclafani took the loss.
The Giants next game will be on the road against the Rockies on Tuesday at 5:40 p.m.