The San Francisco Giants (78-65) were unable to give starting pitcher, Tim Hudson (9-10, 3.12 ERA) the offensive support to take down Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers (78-65).
Hudson went six innings and gave up eight hits, three earned runs, one home run, on walk and one strike out. While the first run was scored by Andrew Romine off of a Torii Hunter single, two of the runs were single handedly earned by Cabrera’s home run in the third inning.
This marks the first time in Hudson’s 16 year career that his record has slipped to under .500.
Offensively, the Giants struggled to score with runners in scoring position and the only run scored was in the fifth inning off of an Angel Pagan single, scoring Gregor Blanco. Needless to say that the Tigers’ rookie starter, Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 2.78 ERA), silenced the Giants lineup. Lobstein completed five and two-thirds innings, with four hits, one earned run, two walks and three strike outs.
The Giants had an opportunity to tie the game in the seventh inning with a Joaquin Arias single and a Blanco walk. But fly outs and pop outs plagued the Giants and they were unable to score.
Detroit scored an additional three runs in the seventh, giving them the win over the Giants 6-1.
This game carried more weight for the Giants as they slipped to three games behind the National League West leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers. They still are currently the leaders for the top National League Wild Card spot.
They now travel back to AT&T Park where they will open up a six game home stand against the San Diego Padres and Dodgers.