SAN FRANCISCO – Patrick Bailey picked up his first Major League hit Saturday, a single to right field that gave what had been a dormant Giants offense some life against the Miami Marlins with two outs in the eighth inning.
But after a Bryce Johnson bunt single moved Bailey to second base, Thairo Estrada grounded out to third base to end the brief threat.
It was one of just two opportunities with runners in scoring position enjoyed by the Giants, whose offense was stymied in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins before an announced crowd of 31,993 at Oracle Park.
Estrada had the only other hit for the Giants, who had their four-game winning streak halted as they were shut out for the fifth time this season.
The Marlins took the lead in the eighth inning, as a J.D. Davis error at third base on a ground ball allowed Garrett Hampson to get aboard. After a sacrifice by Xavier Edwards moved Hampson to second, a single to right off Giants reliever Tyler Rogers scored Hampson for the game’s only run.
Marlins left-hander Braxton Garrett baffled the Giants, who failed to get a base runner for four straight innings before Davis reached first on a catcher’s interference call on Miami’s Nick Fortes in the seventh. Mitch Haniger, though, then grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Giants ace Logan Webb left with the no-decision after he threw six shutout innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits.
Webb threw 91 pitches before he was replaced by Jakob Junis Bailey started his first big league game Saturday and it didn’t take long for him and Webb to take advantage of Hunter Wendelstedt’s propensity for giving the outside strike. Through three innings, Webb successfully used the outer half of the plate to record four of his five strikeouts.
Webb has been rolling for over a month. Prior to Saturday over his last five starts, Webb has posted a 2.04 ERA with just eight earned runs allowed in 35 innings. In that time, he allowed 29 hits and eight walks to go with 30 strikeouts.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler didn’t have any concerns about how Webb and Bailey might mesh. The two worked together in spring training, and Kapler said Bailey has had “exposure” to nearly everyone on the Giants’ pitching staff.
“And that is by design,” Kapler said before Saturday’s game. “We want all of our catchers that we suspect might make an appearance at the major league level to be comfortable with the pitchers when they come up, so we stagger bullpens to get every catcher a chance to catch every pitcher. We try to do the same with game action and spring training.
“That doesn’t give you the highest level of familiarity, but it gives you some so one.”
Bailey figures to get a few more starts going forward after Joey Bart went on the 10-day injured list Friday with a Grade 1 groin strain, an issue that cropped in the Giants game against Philadelphia on Wednesday.
“One reason we were confident in bringing Pat to the big leagues is he does have a pretty strong familiarity with our pitching staff,” Kapler said. “He is ready for this. It’s not like he’s trying to learn pitchers on the fly, which sometimes happens.”
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