Wayne Franklin, starting because Jason Schmidt was pushed back another start, hoped to recreate his last start's magic, but failed miserably. He started off the game by hitting Juan Pierre with a pitch. Paul Lo Duca then singled, and Miguel Cabrera walked. Franklin managed to get Mike Lowell to two strikes but just couldn't put the slugger away. Lowell doubled down the line to clear the bases.
But it wasn't over yet. After getting Damion Easley to ground out, Franklin gave up a single to Juan Encarnacion, scoring Lowell. Luis Castillo walked. Alex Gonzalez then capped off the scoring, launching a three-run homer.
After starter A.J. Burnett struck out, Pierre came up for the second time in the inning and singled. Kevin Correia was then brought in and managed to get Cabrera to ground out after walking Lo Duca, ending the inning.
The Giants only scored one run, which came on a bases loaded wild pitch in the top of the third.
The Marlins added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Lo Duca reached on a fielder's choice, Lowell slammed a two-run shot.
Despite Franklin leaving so early, the Giants got good innings from their bullpen, using only three relievers. Correia gave 3.1 strong innings, Tyler Walker threw three scoreless, and Jason Christiansen pitched one.
SFDugout's Players of the Game: In this debacle, it's hard to find anyone doing well, but props to Edgardo Alfonzo, reaching base four times. Also to Dustan Mohr who seems determined to make up for his dropped flyball by catching everything hit within a 200 foot radius of him. In a 9-1 ballgame, he still played all-out, and that's something to be admired. And the bullpen, giving the offense a good chance to try and come back.
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