The Giants were amazing yesterday.
Jeff Samardzija pitched a fabulous–and complete–game. He pitched a shutout through 8 2/3 innings. Unbelievable–when you consider his last couple of outings. My hope was that he would get through seven. Obviously I need to revisit my level of expectation. He got to the last out of the game before giving up a run. A home run. One hit and done. He was still brilliant, got the last out and left the field in triumph. I heard him say he was pretty upset about giving up the home run in an interview after.
We ain’t mad at you, Jeff. Good game.
He shared credit with the great defense behind him–pointing at Matt Duffy for some tough plays well made.
Brandon Crawford continued to add on to his RBI total, by following Brandon Belt’s walk and Buster Posey’s double with a double of his own in the second, scoring both Belt and Posey, locking him in even further as the Giants RBI man.
Crawford led of the fourth with a walk, Angel Pagan reached when the catcher interfered with his bat and Gregor Blanco’s single scored them both.
Brandon Belt hit a home run in the seventh, “almost to the Ray tank” according to Kuip–the tank where the Tampa Bay Rays keep live Rays. The final score was:
Giants 5, Rays 1
It was a good day to be a Giant.
On a more serious note, both teams had a patch on their uni’s that said “Orlando” in memory of the shooting victims of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred offered thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in an announcement prior to the game. The Rays organization honored the victims by dedicating their annual Pride Night to the victims and announced they were donating the proceeds from ticket sales to a victims fund. The game sold out.
The Giants stood in solidarity honoring the Orlando victims and tweeted before the game:
San Francisco Giants Retweeted #VoteRays
Tonight we stand as one…
I’m proud to be a Giants fan.