Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 9-7 loss to Phillies

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 9-7 loss to Phillies


PHILADELPHIA — For most of this season, the Giants have lost games because of a lack of offensive production. Sunday’s defeat was a bit of a throwback. 

The lineup bailed Matt Moore out but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. The Phillies tied the game in the seventh and Maikel Franco took Derek Law deep leading off the eighth. With a 9-7 loss at Citizens Bank Park, the Giants became the first team to lose a series to the Phillies since the last week of April.

Here are five things to know from the fifth loss in six games ... 

--- The Giants trailed by three heading into the sixth, but Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer in that inning and a two-run single in the seventh. Crawford entered the day with a .222 average with runners in scoring position. 

--- Moore was charged with four earned on six hits and two walks. In seven road starts this season, he has a 7.94 ERA. He’s at 2.57 in five home starts. 

--- A single, error and two walks drove in a run and loaded the bases in the third. The Giants settled for just one more on a sacrifice fly. They are bottom-of-the-league in just about every hitting category, but they do lead the Majors with 23 sacrifice flies. Coming into Sunday’s game, only one other team (St. Louis, 18) had more than 15. 

--- Hunter Pence came on in the seventh on a double-switch after missing 20 games with a hamstring injury. He hit into a double play to end the top of the eighth. 

--- Odubel Herrera bat-flipped majestically on a fly ball to left in the second inning. He blasted a homer to center off George Kontos in the fifth and did not flip his bat. He remains a mystery.

Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off


Giants blow 4-2 lead, fall to Cardinals on Tyler O'Neill's walk-off


SAN FRANCISCO — The Cardinals made four errors Saturday and had trouble with several other balls. The Giants couldn’t take advantage.

Cardinals right fielder Tyler O’Neill hit a walk-off homer off reliever Mark Melancon in the bottom of the 10th at Busch Stadium, handing the Giants a 5-4 loss. They’ve lost three straight after a good start to their final trip. 

The Giants had runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 10th, but second baseman Alen Hanson struck out. After an intentional walk of catcher Nick Hundley, Right fielder Austin Slater struck out to end the threat. 

—- The Cardinals butchered a couple of bloops in the seventh and the Giants took full advantage. With a runner on first, Hanson and starting catcher Aramís Garcia hit bloops that Cardinals outfielders didn’t handle cleanly. Starter Dereck Rodriguez followed with a single and outfielder Gregor Blanco made it 4-2 when he beat out a double-play ball. 

—- Rodriguez was cruising but he walked the lead off batter in the bottom of the seventh and then gave up a two-run shot to catcher Yadier Molina. It was the first non-solo homer allowed by Rodriguez this season. The rookie was charged with four runs in what could have been the final start of his season. 

—- Joe Panik isn’t a thumper, but his first career start at first base had plenty of positives. Panik  had three hits and looked fine defensively. 

—- Garcia bounced back nicely from a four-strikeout night. He had four hits, including a big one in the seventh inning rally.

Joe Panik playing first base for first time in Giants career


Joe Panik playing first base for first time in Giants career

For the first 519 games of his major league career, Joe Panik has taken the field at second base.

On Saturday in St. Louis, that will all change. Giants manager Bruce Bochy put out his lineup and the Gold Glove second baseman is playing first base.

Even in the minor leagues, Panik only played second base and shortstop.

So who's playing second base for the Giants against the Cardinals? Alen Hanson.

With Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval done for the season, Bochy has been giving several guys a shot at first base. Austin Slater, Aramis Garcia, Chase d'Arnaud and Ryder Jones have all started at least one game at first base.