SF Giants late inning scoring not enough to beat Mariners

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The orange and black looks really good on Samardzija

This afternoon’s game between the Giants and the Seattle Mariners started slowly for the Giants, but it picked up speed and ended with a faster pace. Unfortunately, the pace was so fast the Giants ran out of time.

The Mariners put a run on the board in the first inning and two more in the third. Jeff Samardzija was the starting pitcher and he lasted through four innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, a walk, and he struck out one batter.

I started to see a pattern. The first inning he was spotty—he allowed a couple of hits, which scored a run, then two quick outs on a double play when Gorkys Hernandez caught a line drive to centerfield and air mailed the ball to second before the runner could get back to the bag. Next, Samardzija gave up a walk, then a fly ball to centerfield for the third out.

In the next two innings he came up with two quick outs in each inning, then gave up a hit (second inning) or three (third inning) which allowed the Mariners to put two more runs on the board  in the third. He put a stop to their momentum when he picked-off the base runner at first for the third out of the inning.

Samardzija went back out for the fourth inning, and retired the side one-two-three-grab some-pine-meat, style. I think he is warming up to the orange and black.

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Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, it’s nice to have him back!

The Giants scored two runs in the fourth. With two out, Buster Posey hit a double, and Hunter Pence—welcome back Hunter!—hit a nice home run to left field that was a sight for sore eyes. At least I’m pretty sure it was, I was listening, not looking. At the end of the fourth inning, the score was:

Giants 2, Seattle 3

Clayton Blackburn pitched three and two-thirds innings and he looked great out there until…well, until he didn’t. He pitched three lights out innings (the fifth, sixth and seventh). He came out in the eighth looking like someone else altogether. He walked the first batter who was thrown out at second when the next guy hit into a force out, leaving a base runner on first. Blackburn threw a wild pitch that moved the base runner from first to second. The third hitter ground out to first, then came a double–scoring the base runner, and a single bringing in the guy that hit the double. Time for a new pitcher.

Bruce Bochy gave Josh Osich the ball with one man on and two out. He walked the first batter he faced, threw a wild pitch moving the runners over, but then he struck out the next batter and the wild pitch was moot. At the end of the eighth inning, the score was:

Giants 2, Seattle 5

George Kontos pitched the ninth inning and he kept it pretty simple. He faced three batters resulting in one pop up and two strike outs.

The Giants came to bat in the ninth ready to play. Ryder Jones—a 2013 Giants draft pick—led off with a home run. George Kottaras followed up with a base hit and Ehire Adrianza was brought in to do the running for Kottaras. Jarrett Parker doubled and Adrianza made it to third. The tying run was on second and Ryan Lollis stepped up to the plate, representing the go-ahead run, and struck out swinging. Trevor Brown hit a sac fly, scoring Adrianza and moving Parker over to third. Now, with two outs, the tying run was on third and Grant Green, representing the go-ahead run, struck out looking. The final score was:

Giants 4, Seattle 5

So close. Hanging on to the edge of my seat close. Oh well, it’s just practice, right? And I gotta tell you…nobody howled at the moon, threw dirt at the umpires or tossed second base into the outfield, but it was still exciting. And that was without looking!

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow when our Giants take on Arizona at 12:05 pm. The game can be seen on CSN-BA, MLB.TV and heard on KNBR 680. They’re doing the split squads thing, so the Giants will also take on the Angels at 12:10, you can catch that game on MLB.TV too.

#weareSF            #weareGIANT            #letsgetEVEN

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