A Giant Sucking Sound: 4-6 road trip, then swept at home

cain.jpgAfter a 4-6 road trip (during which the other teams in the division were winning 7 of 10, or 8 of 10), the Giants returned home in last place to face a three-game series against the A’s, who had beaten the Giants twice in Oakland in May. If the Giants were ever going to get well, this was the time. “The turning point of the season,” wrote the columnists, ominously.

Well, if you care, you better hope they’re wrong. Because the Giants were swept by the A’s in three games, and in painful, terrible ways.

Friday they were tied going into the 9th. Rookie Dan Ortmeier tripled with one out. All they needed was one lousy ball to the warning track and they would win the game.

The A’s walked the next two batters to load the bases. Ray Durham worked the count to 3 balls and no strikes — a pitch away from victory.

He popped out then, and Kevin Frandsen struck out to end the inning. In the top of the 10th, Brad Hennessey gave up a two-run homer to Shannon Stewart. In the bottom of the inning, it was three up and three down for the Giants.

But at least they scored three runs on nine hits.

Saturday: It’s Barry Zito vs. Dan Haren — what a matchup, huh? Uh, well, Zito went only four-plus innings; Haren scattered five hits over seven innings. The A’s shut out the Giants 6-0 — a depressing day all around. Oh yeah, Giants pitchers allowed 16 hits.

Sunday they put Cain out there. Pitcher Matt Cain has been the hard-luck guy all year — they cannot score runs for him. Today was exactly the same story — Cain held the A’s scoreless into the 8th inning; the Giants’ batters went to sleep.

Notable was the 2nd inning. With the bases loaded with one out, Omar Visquel struck out, then guess who’s up? The pitcher. Cain struck out, threat ended. They never got as far as third base after that, while the A’s scored single runs in the 8th and 9th. Shut out again.

Totals for the three-game series:
Oakland: 13 runs on 34 hits. 3 wins.
San Francisco: 3 runs on 20 hits. 0 wins.

Since the 8-game win streak that invigorated everyone in April, they are 16-26. They are 6 games below .500. They are in last place.

2 Comments so far

  1. Richard Ault (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Cain was so excellent, had a no hitter working into the 4th. The rest of the team must feel like shit for hanging him out there so often.

  2. Jim M (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    I’m not a big baseball fan but I thought it was a good series. Of course I live in Oakland, so I’m an A’s fan.
    Do you think they will ever start a metro blog for Oakland? We already have a winning team. We should be able to get a winning blog.

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