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Timely Hitting Lacking in Giants' Loss to Cardinals

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Timely Hitting Lacking in Giants' Loss to Cardinals
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SAN FRANCISCO – Buster Posey took a moment to recall situations in which the Giants hit with runners on base Saturday before coming up in the eighth inning, when he doubled with nobody out but ended up stranded on second. It was a recent example but certainly not the only one. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence both hit their second home runs of the season in the Giants' 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, but both did so leading off innings, and Sandoval's two-out RBI single in the third was the Giants' lone hit in five at-bats with runners in scoring position. In fact, the Giants left a man standing on base at the end of every inning except the second, while the Cardinals managed enough timely hits off Ryan Vogelsong to knock the Giants right-hander out of the game before he completed six innings – something that didn't happen last year until Aug. 13.

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