SAN FRANCISCO — Giancarlo Stanton had AT&T Park buzzing 90 minutes before first pitch Saturday when he hit a couple of batting practice homers to the Coke bottle. The Giants never quite brought the excitement back to their side.
They fell behind early and lost to the Marlins 5-4. The tying run was left on third in the ninth.
Jeff Samardzija took his 10th defeat of the season’s first half. On the other side, lefty Chris O’Grady picked up his first career victory. Here are five other things to know ...
— The Giants gave up two runs in the first inning, which is much better than the four they allowed in the first inning Friday.
— Stanton’s fifth-inning double left the bat at 118.4 mph. It was the hardest-hit ball against the Giants in the Statcast era. The previous record was a 116.1 mph single in 2015, hit by … Stanton.
— The Rally Lights came on with two in scoring position and one out. Brandon Crawford grounded out and Gorkys Hernandez popped up. It’s like you people aren't even reading my tweets.
— Jeff Samardzija walked one and struck out five. He has 14 consecutive starts of zero or one walk.
— Ichiro got a nice ovation when he pinch-hit in the ninth. The 43-year-old put down a sacrifice bunt and the runner scored two batters later on a wild pitch.