Well, yeah, that happened. But it’s just practice according to BFF Vickie.”Calm down” she said. I AM CALM!! Ok, sorry, I didn’t mean to yell. Unfortunately, I have celebrated every Giants win like it matters, so when we suffer a loss, especially to the Dodgers, it’s difficult to shrug it off and say it doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t count, but it does matter. It’s the Dodgers and games against the Dodgers always matter. There is some good news, though. Jeff Samardzija pitched a 1-2-3 “grab some pine, meat” first inning by striking out the side. He gave up a base hit in the second inning, but the Giants defense took care of that with a double play—another three up, three down inning.
The third inning would prove to be Samardzija’s kryptonite, although he didn’t fall apart. He gave up back-to-back-to-back hits, allowed a run to score, struck out one, gave up another hit, then struck out another Dodger (making it five k’s in three innings)for the third out. Samardzija wasn’t shaken by a little old bases loaded situation or two. Simply put, he dug himself out of the hole—twice. Color me really impressed. And color Jeff Samarzija orange and black.
Clayton Blackburn, a 2011 Giants draft pick, pitched the next three innings, allowing two runs to score on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Steven Okert, a 2012 Giants draft pick, pitched a scoreless seventh. He gave up one hit and struck out one batter. Jake Smith, another 2011 Giants draft pick, pitched the eighth inning and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. Josh Osich, yet another 2011 Giants draft pick (what was it? the year of the pitcher?) pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The Giants offense made some noise in the third inning: Gorkys Hernandez led off with a single to left, advanced when two of his team mates grounded out and scored from third base on a wild pitch. After three, the score was:
Giants 1, LA 1
In the sixth inning our gold glove and silver slugger award-winning shortstop, the DH for this game, hit a solo home run. Mac Williamson hit a double in the eighth and Hak-Ju Lee drew a walk in the ninth, but both were left stranded.
Final score: Giants 2, LA 5
I’m not going to worry about it though. You know the old saying: win some, lose some—or, as I like to say when it comes to the Dodgers, Winsome and Loathsome. Last year we won more Dodger games than we lost. Put that in your book.
Tomorrow we have Jake Peavy on the mound and we’re scheduled to take on Texas again at 12:05 pm. The game will be broadcast in audio from MLB.com. This game isn’t scheduled to be televised, but be sure to tune in to the MLB Network Tuesday at 6:00 pm when the Giants host the Reds. You know where I’ll be.