One day after scoring 15 runs, the Giants only managed one Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals.
You didn’t have to be Nostradamus to predict that.
As we mentioned Wednesday, a win Thursday would have been icing on the cake.
- The Giants still leave St. Louis with a split
- They leave with a 5-2 road trip.
- They leave with a 9-4 record on their last two road trips.
- They leave with a one-game lead in the NL West.
But there were some unsettling stats from Thursday’s game.
The Giants out-hit the Cardinals 5-4. They also drew four walks to one by St. Louis.
The difference was this: Three of the Cardinals’ four hits were extra-base hits. Two contributed to runs: Carlos Beltran’s two-run home run in the first and Jon Jay’s double in the sixth.
Meanwhile, all of the Giants’ hits were singles.
Hunter Pence went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
If you’re looking for a positive as the Giants’ travel home, we’ll offer you this:
The Giants bullpen, which had its struggles recently, finished the series with 7 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.