There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.
Jeff Samardzija proved he felt right at home Thursday night pitching in AT&T Park as a Giant for the first time. He dominated the mound for five full innings.
The first A’s hitter came to the plate and slammed a triple to center field. Samardzija and the Giants defense shut down the next three A’s hitters, leaving the first hitter standing on third when the inning ended. And that’s how it went through the fifth inning. Samardzija allowed just the one hit, no runs, no walks and he struck out five.
I think we finally got a glimpse of the pitcher as advertised. The one Giants hitters hated facing when he pitched for the opposing team. I liked what I saw.
Josh Osich threw to four hitters in the seventh, gave up one run on two hits and struck out one. The rest of the innings were divvied up between five other pitchers, all lights out–pitching hitless and scoreless through the sixth, eighth and ninth. Not one batter drew a walk, although three more struck out.
The Giants hitters did their jobs: scoring a run in the fourth when Hunter Pence led off with a double and scored on Brandon Crawford’s single; another run in the fifth after Denard Span drew a walk and scored on Buster Posey’s base hit; and in the sixth–Matt Duffy hit a double and scored on Ehire Adrianza’s single. The final score was:
Giants 3, A’s 1
It was a good game. Not at all like the double digit run-scoring games we were seeing before the Giants broke camp. They worked hard and played clean. The best part? The Giants won. I know it doesn’t count. I know it’s still practice. But it’s starting to look like real baseball.
It’s good to be home.
The Giants and the A’s are doing it again tonight. Jake Peavy will be on the hill for the Giants 7:15 pm start. The game will be on TV on NBC Bay Area, MLB.TV and the MLB Network, or you can hear it on the radio at KNBR 680.
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