Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Your not typical 2-1 loss

It was the 3rd 2-1 loss of the year for the Orange and Black. The other were back to back on April 17 at home against the dodgers and then at Petco.This one was different.

This one ended on a video replay review. Tim Hudson is pitching astoundingly well. The Giants completely stopped hitting tonight. Here's part of Henry Schulman's game story for the SF Chronicle -- 

Maybe bat fatigue set in, or maybe two starting pitchers just excelled at their craft when their teams needed it most.
Either way, Tim Hudson and Charlie Morton provided the perfect antidote to Monday's mayhem at PNC Park, and old-timey pitching duel that ended in a way that could not have happened before 2014 - a walk-off replay reversal in the ninth inning that gave the Pirates a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Starling Marte hit a long drive to right that nearly left the yard but bounced off the Clemente wall. Marte headed for third with a triple. When Ehire Adrianza's throw got past third base, Marte headed home.
Pablo Sandoval retrieved the ball quickly and threw home, where umpire Gerry Davis ruled that Buster Posey tagged Marte, who made a head-first slide.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle challenged, and the Pirates celebrated as soon as the replay was shown on the big screen. Moments later, Davis took the headsets off, flashed the safe sign and the Giants six-game win streak was over.
Hudson took the Giants' second complete-game loss of the season and became the first Giant since Vida Blue in 1981 to pitch at least seven innings in his first seven starts in a season. Blue extended his streak to nine games, but he was seven years younger at 31.
Next up for Hudson is an expected showdown against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles, their first career meeting.
Bad luck cursed Hudson when Andrew McCutchen started the ninth with a swinging-bunt single. But Pedro Alvarez grounded into a double play. Marte then hit the fateful triple.
Hudson, coming off a near-complete game victory against the Padres, was not that crisp, but as usual he got the Giants off the field quickly even if he allowed a hit or a walk.


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