I think he’s going to start taking it personally. Matt Kemp, I mean. You’re probably wondering why I care. Not sure I do, just making an observation.
Monday night, in the bottom of the ninth, with a score of 0-0 a single put Brandon Belt on base. Then Hunter Pence popped up to right field, but Kemp missed the catch and kicked the ball around a little. The official score gave Pence a bloop double and the walk off.
Then there’s Tuesday night. Kemp hit a line drive to left that bounced off the top of the wall. Kemp made for second but Jarrett Parker has a cannon for an arm and he threw to Joe Panik who tagged Kemp out as he came sliding into second.
Kemp hit another bomb in the eighth, Gregor Blanco played it off the wall, air-mailed it to Panik who relayed it to Matt Duffy at third, and Duffy applied the swipe tag just as Kemp was sliding into third. The only problem? Kemp was called safe. Lucky for us, we have replay review, and it was so obvious Kemp was out, there was nothing the New York umpires could do but overturn the call.
Enough about Kemp. Let’s talk Giants.
The Giants scored first last night when Blanco hit a single, advanced to second on Jeff Samardzija’s sac bunt, and slid into home. He was called out at the plate. The Giants challenged the call and it was overturned, giving the Giants a one-run lead.
The Giants scored a couple more runs in the sixth–Panik drew a walk and scored on Buster Posey’s double and Buster scored on Brandon Crawford’s single to right field. Kemp threw the ball in, attempting to get Buster out at the plate, but it was too late. Crawford took advantage and advanced to second.
Matt Duffy has been having some trouble at the plate lately–but starting to turn it around–and last night went completely against the shift and hit it where they ain’t. Right up the middle. Brandon Crawford liked that so well, he did the same thing–the shift left right field unattended and that’s where Crawford hit it, with the bases loaded, into triples alley for a triple clearing the bases.
Jarrett Parker was up next and he hit it so hard it landed on top of the garden. Well, at least on top of the netting that covers the garden. That kid can hit.
The Padres made some noise in the sixth and again in the ninth, but not enough to make a difference. The final score was:
Giants 8, Padres 2
Today’s game is scheduled for 12:45 pm with Jake Peavy on the mound. Keeping my fingers crossed. The game can be seen on CSN-BA or heard on KNBR 680.
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