SAN FRANCISCO AT&T Park was littered with unfilled seats Thursday night, and those fans who showed up were treated to another sloppy performance by the Giants.
Ryan Vogelsong couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, and the Giants made several mental mistakes on the bases and in the field in losing 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a four-game series.
The Giants got off to a good start. Pablo Sandoval homered in his final three at-bats Wednesday and nearly added another in the fourth inning Thursday. With Hunter Pence on first, Sandoval hit a soaring shot to right-center field that bounced off the bricks 400 feet away from the plate. Sandoval ended up with an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly when umpire Tom Hallion blew a call at the plate.
Vogelsong kept the Diamondbacks scoreless through four but imploded in the fifth. With two outs, the Diamondbacks strung together five hits and a walk to take a 4-2 lead.
Vogelsong was charged with four earned runs on eight hits and three walks while lasting just 4 2/3 innings.
The Giants ran into several rally-killing outs. Gerardo Parra threw out Brandon Crawford at home in the third inning and cut down Brandon Belt at second when the first baseman hit a ball off the wall with one out in the fifth.