Giants ace Kevin Gausman deserved to get the win Saturday night.
Instead, Gausman settled for a no-decision despite matching a career high with 11 strikeouts over eight innings in the Giants' 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park.
Gausman was the victim of another lackluster performance by the Giants' offense, which mustered just three hits and one run while the starter was in the game.
"It was super tough," manager Gabe Kapler told reporters on a video conference call after the loss. "He was ripping his split, he was getting swings and misses, he was executing with his fastball, throwing a ton of strikes, working a low pitch count, was efficient, did everything he could possibly do and definitely was disappointing to not come away with the win for him."
It certainly didn't help that the Giants were missing Brandon Crawford (right quad tightness), Evan Longoria (left hamstring tightness) and Donovan Solano (right calf strain). But the offense wasn't exactly clicking before all three got hurt.
"I think we were having some difficulty scoring runs with all of our regulars as well," Kapler said. "So the one thing I think was notable is that we put a good push there at the end, and it was an opportunity for us to kind of just be done, but we didn't do that. We fought and battled at the end, so I think that was promising."
After rookie Gregory Santos and Wandy Peralta combined to give up four runs to the Marlins in the top of the ninth, Mike Yastrzemski homered into McCovey Cove and Brandon Belt doubled. But it was too little, too late for the Giants.
While the Giants are among the leaders in homers in all of baseball, they have scored just 76 runs and pounded out 146 hits through 21 games. Both totals rank in the bottom half in the big leagues.
The good news for the Giants is that Alex Dickerson believes there's light at the end of the tunnel.
"It's kind of just out how it is in April," Dickerson told reporters on a video conference call. "It can be inconsistent at times. We've seen some flashes of great offense, and then haven't really put up the amount of runs we know we're capable of putting up. But everybody's slowly getting into their grooves. You're seeing lot better at-bats up and down. We're pretty close to exploding and our offense really taking off.
"There's a lot of positives to take here. Having a couple guys down is never easy, but we do believe we have one of the deepest benches and deepest minor leagues, really, to a guy like [infielder] Jason Vosler coming up today. We know he can help right out of the gate. We have a lot of confidence that it's going to turn around here pretty quick."
Even better news for the Giants is that while the offense isn't clicking yet, they are second in the NL West with a 13-8 record, just two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If the offense starts to heat up when the weather warms up, Gausman might not have any more tough nights like Saturday.