Nationals 2, Giants 0
Miguel Tejada knew his none-on, two-out fielding error in the
seventh inning led to the only two runs in the San Francisco
Giants’ 2-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Still, Tejada was incredulous when his miscue was brought up
after the game, telling a reporter: ”You asked me the question
like we lost the game because of that ball?”
OK, Miggy. Everyone knows why the Giants are losing games – a
lot of them – these days.
Put simply: The World Series champions are having a really rough
time at the plate.
”There’s not much we can do if we’re not hitting,” manager
Bruce Bochy said. ”We’re awful right now. We know it.”
The latest opposing starter to take advantage was Tom Gorzelanny
(1-2), who allowed only three hits in eight innings Monday – his
longest outing in more than 3 1/2 years. Michael Morse and Jerry
Hairston Jr. drove in runs after Tejada’s error, helping the
Nationals win for the fourth time in their last five games.
San Francisco, meanwhile, has lost eight of its last 11, scoring
a total of 23 runs in that span.
”You can put it on the offense,” said Aubrey Huff, who went 0
for 3 and is hitting .190 for the season. ”We’re not doing
anything offensively – including myself. We’re all struggling. I’m
the worst of it.”
He has plenty of company.
The Giants were shut out for the third time in their last six
games, including twice during this series, when Washington took
three of four. Jason Marquis pitched the Nationals to a 3-0 victory
”We feed off each other’s outings,” Gorzelanny said.
He gave up Aaron Rowand’s double leading off the game and single
in the third, as well as Cody Ross’ single in the eighth. Drew
Storen pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances, closing
out a game that took just 2 hours, 2 minutes – the fastest
nine-inning game in the majors this season, according to STATS
”Mixing in and out. Changing speeds quite a bit. Trying to keep
guys off-balance. I wasn’t trying to trick guys. I was trying to
let guys hit the ball,” Gorzelanny said. ”My defense played
outstanding out there. Guys made terrific plays. That’s obviously
key to an outing like this. You don’t just mow down guys as a
He retired 15 consecutive batters during one stretch and was
helped by a diving catch by center fielder Rick Ankiel on Tejada’s
sinking liner in the fifth.
Bochy was asked whether Gorzelanny’s performance surprised
”Nothing surprises me right now. We’re struggling right now.
We’re seeing some well-pitched games against us,” he said. ”I
think teams are catching us at a good time. There’s no getting
Madison Bumgarner (0-5) retired Washington’s first 12 batters
and didn’t allow an earned run but wound up with the loss because
of two unearned runs in the seventh, his last inning. He allowed
”It’s a shame we couldn’t get him a win tonight,” Bochy
The first Nationals player to reach base was rookie catcher
Wilson Ramos, hitting cleanup on a day off for first baseman Adam
LaRoche. Ramos doubled to start the fifth and was sacrificed to
third, but Bumgarner got out of it by striking out Morse and
After those back-to-back Ks, those two Nationals had a chat, and
the veteran Hairston encouraged the younger Morse, pointing out:
”Sometimes you have your good months, sometimes you have your bad
months. But you have to keep grinding. He did that. He picked
himself up and got a huge hit for us.”
Indeed, that part of the lineup was trouble for Bumgarner in the
seventh. Ramos reached on a ball that went off Tejada’s glove at
third; it originally was ruled a single, then changed to an error
after the game. That was followed by three consecutive hits for
Washington: Ian Desmond singled, Morse hit an RBI single and
Hairston hit an RBI double.
After coming through there, Hairston said, ”We looked at each
other and kind of smiled.”
NOTES: It was Military Appreciation Night – something that first
was planned in the offseason – and the Nationals offered free
tickets to active or retired military personnel. The announced
attendance was 15,342; the Nationals said they couldn’t say yet how
many free seats were provided. … Gorzelanny hadn’t lasted eight
innings in a game since Aug. 12, 2007, when he threw a shutout for
the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Giants.