Quest for Three: Giants fall to the Nationals

Tami Benedict

The Willie Mays statue at AT&T Park. Photo under elcapitan79
The Willie Mays statue at AT&T Park. Photo under elcapitan79

The Giants were home today for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Nationals and one major mistake cost them a win . The team lost 1-4 against the Nationals and are currently in the lead by taking the NLDS 2-1.

Madison Bumgarner was on the mound and pitched a pretty good game until the seventh inning. Bumgarner threw a sacrifice ball to Pablo Sandoval, trying to get the force out at third, but instead over throwing the ball in the Giants’ bullpen and costing the Giants two runs. Bumgarner pitched seven innings, giving up three runs. Jean Machi replaced Bumgarner and pitched nearly perfectly except for giving up a home run to Bryce Harper in the ninth.

Nationals’ pitcher Doug Fister kept the Giants at bay for seven innings. The Giants avoided a shutout when Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Pablo Sandoval.

The Giants were not amazing behind the plate. Buster Posey, Sandoval, and Hunter Pence all went 1-4, while Brandon Belt went 2-3 and Brandon Crawford was 0-3.

The Giants will try to end the NLDS tomorrow at home with Ryan Vogelsong on the mound.