Giants lose series, NL West Division lead with 4-3 loss to Pirates

For the first time since May 10th, the San Francisco Giants will be looking up in the standings at the first place Dodgers.

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The Giants losers of three of their last four, lost again Tuesday night. After a loss monday night which dropped the Giants division lead to 1/2 a game, it was a must win game for the struggling ball-club.

The game started with an RBI fielders-choice from Gregory Polanco in the top of the first. The Giants in the bottom half, answered back with a two-run double from Buster Posey. One thing myself, as well as many other Gaints fans noticed was Posey grimacing around the bases as he clearly still had some level of discomfort in his back.

After Jeff Samardzija allowed the Pirates to tie the game on a John Jaso double in the second inning, he settled down and continued to pitch well. Samardzija went six solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out five.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Hunter Pence knocks in the third and tying run, with an RBI ground out scoring Buster Posey from third. Both offenses made a little bit of noise in the seventh inning, but were held scoreless until the eighth as the red-hot Derek Law snaps a nineteen-game scoreless streak as he gives up the go-ahead and winning run on a Jung Ho Kang home run.

Just to put into perspective just how dominant Derek law has been over his last nineteen appearances: 16.2 IP 0 ER 2 BB’s 14 K’s. Over that span he lowered his ERA from 3.10 to a stellar 1.97.

As the struggles continue for the Giants, they will try and avoid the sweep today at 12:45 PM PT as Matt Cain (4-7 5.47 ERA) will take on Ivan Nova (9-6 4.68 ERA).

Finals for last nights game:

Pirates: 4 Giants: 3

W: Bastardo (1-0, 4.53 ERA) L: Law (4-2, 2.11 ERA) S: Watson (6)


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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Played many sports, but focused on baseball. Played baseball for 15 years, throughout High School. Have grown up a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan and 49er fan, also starting to follow the Golden State Warriors a little (Ban-Wagon?). I have gone to hundreds and hundreds of Giants games and am currently, and continually going to 49er games every year. I am currently at a local JC getting my AA before I transfer to San Jose State University to major in Journalism so I can cover my beloved Giants full-time.
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Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Played many sports, but focused on baseball. Played baseball for 15 years, throughout High School. Have grown up a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan and 49er fan, also starting to follow the Golden State Warriors a little (Ban-Wagon?). I have gone to hundreds and hundreds of Giants games and am currently, and continually going to 49er games every year. I am currently at a local JC getting my AA before I transfer to San Jose State University to major in Journalism so I can cover my beloved Giants full-time.

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