The San Francisco Giants have had themselves one hell of a road trip. From the double-header and heartbreaking walk-offs in Chicago, to the rain delay and record setting runs scored in Detroit, no game was cut-and-dry. Sunday proved no different as the Giants blew a lead over the Detroit Tigers not once but twice, caused by mistakes by the Giants pitching staff and defense, leading to a 6-3 loss at Comerica Park.
Ryan Vogelsong was off and on in his six and 2/3 innings this afternoon, allowing only two earned runs on four hits, but with four walks and five strikeouts. The bullpen behind him really struggled, especially Santiago Casilla, allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks in only one inning of work, giving the Tigers the lead for good. Jeremy Affeldt (L 1-2) allowed a walk after relieving Vogelsong, which eventually came back to bite the Giants as well after a Miguel Tejada throwing error with two outs in the seventh, one of three Giants errors on the day. As a team the Giants walked eight Tigers in all.
As for the Tigers' Rick Porcello (W 7-6) he was a bit wild himself, plunking three GIants batters and throwing multiple pitches in the dirt; one of which scored Emmanuel Burriss in the fifth. Porcello lasted for seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and six punch outs.
Cody Ross had the only RBI hit for the Giants, a single in the fifth, while Aubrey Huff scored on an groundout from Brandon Crawford in the fourth. Pablo Sandoval finsihed the day 1-5, extending his hit streak to 14 straight. Nate Schierholtz was 2-5.
With the loss the Giants move to 48-37 on the year. Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will head home for the fourth of July to begin a four game series with the San Diego Padres. Tim Lincecum (6-6 3.04 ERA) gets the start on America's birthday, facing off against the Padres' Clayton RIchard (4-9 4.09 ERA). First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
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