The Giants have been so dangerous offensively at Oracle Park, and so familiar with the comeback, that it was easy to spend the whole night Friday thinking they would finally tie the score.
But one last-ditch effort came up short in the ninth, following a huge blunder in the eighth, and they fell 6-5 in the first game of a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Trailing by a run in the bottom of the eighth, the Giants loaded the bases with no outs. But a huge mistake from Mauricio Dubon helped the Diamondbacks get out of that jam. Alex Dickerson flied out to shallow right and Steven Duggar -- the runner on third -- faked a sprint home but then pulled back as Kole Calhoun threw a strike to the plate. Dubon got too far off second and got doubled off, and when Evan Longoria grounded out, the Giants went down without scoring a run.
The Giants are 18-21 heading into a fascinating Saturday evening game. They'll face Madison Bumgarner for the first time. While you wait for that one, here are three things to know about Friday's loss ...
There's nobody hotter than Brandon Belt right now. Nobody.
Belt got the Giants within a run in the seventh with a 425-foot blast into McCovey Cove that left the bat at 109 mph. It was his second hit of the night, and continued a tear that has Belt's average up to .341. He was hitting .218 just 11 games ago.
Since August 16, Belt is 26-for-51 with five homers, eight doubles and a triple. His 1.099 OPS ranks second in the Majors to Juan Soto of the Nationals.
Short Day for T.A.
Tyler Anderson lasted just four innings and was charged with four earned on seven hits and a walk.
He was done in mostly by Ketel Marte, who had seven hits in 14 previous matchups. Marte hit a solo homer in the first and drove in another run with a hard double down the left field line.
Remember That Guy?
The Giants really liked Travis Bergen when they took him in the Rule 5 Draft at Farhan Zaidi's first Winter Meetings, but when Bergen posted a 5.49 ERA in 21 appearances last year, there was no way to keep him on the roster the entire season. Bergen was sent back to the Blue Jays, and earlier this week they turned around and sent him to Arizona in exchange for Robbie Ray.
Bergen entered in the fourth inning with a runner on second and the Giants down by a run. After walking Mike Yastrzemski, he induced a double play and then struck out Evan Longoria.