I love a good surprise most of the time. Today’s Giants game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium was not one of those times. Not even close. Well, I guess it was kinda close, but “close don’t count in baseball, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”–Frank Robinson, former SF Giants manager.0
Jake Peavy was the starter for today’s game and he had a decent outing. He got into a few jams (who doesn’t?) but he worked his way out of most of them. That says a lot. He faced 14 batters in three innings pitched, allowed two runs on five hits and struck out two.
Kyle Crick took over in the fourth, faced six batters, allowed one hit and issued two walks. Ty Blach pitched two scoreless–faced seven hitters–gave up one hit and struck out two. Hunter Strickland faced five hitters in the seventh and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out one. Cory Gearrin pitched the eighth–he allowed one hit, but the defense fixed that with the double play. Gearrin struck out the third batter.
The Rangers were trailing the Giants heading into the bottom of the ninth and the Giants sent Ian Gardeck, a 2012 Giants draft pick, to the mound. Gardeck faced five hitters and retired one. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Actually only two of those runs scored while Gardeck was on the mound, but he was responsible for all the runners on base when manager Bruce Bochy took him out of the game and replaced him with Mike Broadway. Broadway gave up a base hit and that’s all it took for one the lead base runner to score the walk-off win.
If we gave out an award for defensive player of the game, my vote would be for Christian Arroyo. Arroyo is the Giants 2013 first round draft pick. He is also considered our top prospect. If you heard today’s game, you can understand why. Arroyo entered the game at third base in the bottom of the fifth, made a difficult catch in the seventh inning that saved a run and started a 5-4-3 double play in the eighth. Arroyo held his own at the plate, too–with an RBI base hit in the seventh.
Speaking of the plate–Giants put runs on the board right away. Denard Span led off the first with a double and scored when Kyle Blanks–who was a Ranger last year–hit a home run out to center. Texas scored once in the second inning and once in the third, tying the score. After three innings, the score was :
Giants 2, Texas 2
The G-Men pulled ahead in the seventh: Ehire Adrianza led off with a base hit, advanced to second on the Rangers shortstop’s error, made it to third base on Junior Arias’s sac bunt and scored on Grant Green’s double. Ramiro Pena reached first base on the shortstop’s error and scored on Green’s double. Green is the player who scored on Arroyo’s hit that I mentioned earlier. Texas scored one run in the seventh inning, so after seven the score was:
Giants 5, Texas 3
Then Texas went and scored those three runs in the ninth…surprise!
I know, I know–we can’t win them all, and like BFF Vickie says, “it’s just practice.” Sure, and baseball is just a kids game.
Final score: Giants 5, Texas 6
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night at 6:05 pm when the Giants take on the Reds with our Ace, Madison Bumgarner starting. Kruk and Kuip will make their 2016 broadcast debut on CSN-BA, but if you aren’t in the viewing area, you can watch the game on MLB.TV or the MLB Network. The audio broadcast will be available on MLB.com.