Late rallies can't save Giants from slow start in home opener
Third straight loss
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants finally scored more than one Joe Panik-provided run. It wasn’t enough.
Two late rallies fell short and the lineup couldn't overcome a slow start and Ty Blach's nightmare first inning. The Giants fell 6-4 to the Seattle Mariners, losing their third consecutive game, and failing to provide much buzz for a sellout crowd at the home opener.
Here are five more things to know from the day Brian Wilson emerged from the shadows…
Blach tied up
Blach’s second time out bordered on disaster early and ended up being just very rough. Blach threw 36 pitches in the first inning, allowing four runs on five singles and a walk. He hung tough for a while after that and did a good job of saving the bullpen, but the Mariners knocked him out with one out in the fifth. Blach was charged with six earned runs.
Calm down and Panik
Panik found the Cove in the fourth inning to get the Giants on the board. Through that point, every Giants run during the 2018 season had come on a Panik homer. The blast was Panik’s first at AT&T Park since August 28, 2016, ending a streak of 12 consecutive homers hit on the road.
Solo: A Giants Story
With Panik’s homer, the Giants became the first team in MLB history whose first three runs of a season came on solo home runs by the same player. It wasn’t until their 42nd inning of the season that they got a non-Panik RBI or run.
Long time coming for Longoria
Evan Longoria snapped his Giants-career-opening 0-for-17 streak with a two-run homer to left. One pitch earlier, Longoria had hit a high pop-up down the right field line that came about three inches away from dropping fair for a single. This way worked out much better.
Johnson makes his case
Pierce Johnson was good again. The right-hander threw two scoreless innings against the meat of Seattle’s lineup. He has three scoreless frames on the year, and looks like a candidate to stay even when others get healthy.