SF Giants sweep the road

We’re gonna need a bigger broom.

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Another amazing game last night. Jeff Samardzija was on the mound for the Giants to take the game into history. The last time the Giants swept a road trip (of at least 7 games) was in 1913 when Christy Mathewson was the Giants Ace. He pitched three of those games, that included a four-game sweep of the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The road sweep was part of a 14 game winning streak that featured a Fourth of July double-header against the Dodgers.

Samardzija pitched eight outstanding innings–and probably could have gone the distance–but the bullpen needed the work. Samardzija retired 19 Padres batters in a row after the run scoring double he allowed in the second inning.

The Giants scored a run in the first after Denard Span drew a walk and Joe Panik singled–one of his four hits of the night–then both runners advanced on Matt Duffy’s groundout. Span scored on Buster Posey’s sac fly and Panik was thrown out at third to end the inning–fortunately it was after the run scored.

In the fourth, Duffy put up a fight with a nine-pitch at bat, reached first, then advanced to second on a fielding error to lead off the inning. He scored on Hunter Pence’s single. Brandon Crawford added an insurance run in the seventh with a solo home run.

The real story of the night was the Giants defense, including three tricky stops by Matt Duffy and a nice comebacker fielded by Samardzija after his 104th pitch, but the show-stopper, maybe even heart-stopper, came at the end of the game.

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Santiago Casilla  was on the mound and gave up a single to start the ninth inning. Casilla struck out the next two batters, and while  he faced the batter that followed, the runner advanced to second base, then third on defensive indifference. After a seven pitches,  on a 3-2 count, the batter hit a sharp line drive between first and second, Panik made a diving catch to snag the ball right out of the air. Casilla recorded the save, but let’s face it,  Panik saved his bacon. The collective sigh of relief caused wind gusts in Northern California. The final score was:

Giants 3, Padres 1

The Giants are back home tonight and are facing the sizzling hot Cubs. The Cubs pitcher is Jake Arrieta, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner. The Giants are pitting him against their own 2007–unanimously voted–Cy Young winner Jake Peavy. The two Jakes. Forget it. It ain’t Chinatown.

Game time is 7:15 pm and will be on KNBR 680 (audio) and NBC Bay Area (visual). Join other Giants fans on the game time thread on Facebook, for that virtual “just like being at the Yard” feeling. Follow the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/SFGameTimeThread/

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