In what is becoming a familiar story for the Giants this season, a few rough innings fueled by mistakes in the field proved fatal as the Giants were swept by the Miami Marlins with a 3-2 loss Thursday at AT&T Park.
Ryan Vogelsong threw 51 pitches while allowing a run in each of the first two innings, a total that was fueled by Brandon Crawford’s fifth error of the season. Crawford committed a second error in the fourth, though Vogelsong had settled down by then. Vogelsong needed 116 pitches to finish seven innings.
“He was just missing on some pitches early and that raised his pitch count pretty good,” manager Bruce Bochy said of Vogelsong. “But to go out there and go as long as he did, it shows how competitive he is and the ability to make adjustments.”
Bochy said Crawford’s struggles haven’t put his job in jeopardy, though Crawford confessed he wasn’t sure how to get past the mistakes.
“I haven’t really been through it before,” he said. “I wish I had some answer for you for what it is. If I knew, then I wouldn’t be making errors, so I’ve just got to forget about it and we’ve got another one tomorrow.”
The speed of the Marlins continued to hurt the Giants, as two steals by Emilio Bonifacio and one each by Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez gave Miami a total of eight for the three-game series.
Despite a spark by new leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco, who reached base in all four of his plate appearances and scored both runs for the Giants, the team still struggled with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-5.
Both runs scored on groundouts by Melky Cabrera, who only got credit for one RBI since the other was a double play.