I worried about Jeff Samardzija pitching in Great American Ballpark. I even said so in my write-up about yesterday’s game. I should have kept my mouth shut.
Samardzija was dominant in tonight’s game in Cincinnati. It turned into an old-fashioned pitching duel. Kudos to the kid who went up against him–John Lamb–he held the Giants off for six innings, allowing the Giants only one run.
Samardzija stayed on the mound through eight. In the fifth, Reds outfielder, Adam Duvall—a former Giant—hit one out of the park. That was the only run the Reds scored on three hits and two walks. Samardzija struck out nine. In the fourth, Hunter Pence made an amazing catch that had Samardzija tipping his cap to the right fielder.
The Giants bats were lively, especially Buster Posey’s three doubles. He hit one in the first, Hunter Pence followed with a double of his own, scoring Buster. Kelby Tomlinson hit a traditional bunt to get on base when the pitcher couldn’t field it and a swinging RBI bunt, scoring Pence in the eighth. Gregor Blanco was swinging every at bat, unfortunately he kept finding gloves. He was rewarded in the eighth inning when he drove Crawford home with a base hit. The final score was:
Giants 3, Reds 1
Yup. I have to eat my words about Samardzija. Gladly. He was a force to be reckoned with, but his bat, not so much. In fact, when he struck out to end the eighth inning he broke that bat right over his knee. He’s a beast.
Tomorrow’s game is at 9:35 am. Gotta get up early to get my scorecard ready for first pitch. The game can be seen on CSN-BA and heard on KNBR 680.