The Giants trailed the Rays the most of the game this afternoon–except when they tied it up in the second, and again in the eighth after the Rays pulled ahead in the third. The ninth inning, though, belonged to the Giants.
The Rays scored a single run in the first, one in the third, the fourth and one more in the ninth. All solo home runs. Alberto Suarez, who started with the Rays, was the starting pitcher. He allowed 3 runs, gave up five hits and two walks. He struck out four.
Let’s talk about the Giants. Matt Duffy hit a solo home run in the second to tie the game. In the fifth, Joe Panik notched an RBI after getting hit in the head with a pitch while the bases were loaded. Buster Posey hit a single to lead off the eighth, Duffy advanced him to second with a sac bunt, and Buster scored on Brandon Crawford’s single. Game tied.
In the ninth, Trevor Brown hit a single, Gregor Blanco followed with another single, but by the time Panik came to the plate, there were two outs. Luckily, for the Giants, that didn’t matter. Panik hit a foul and then added on to his RBI total for the day with a three-run dinger to put the Giants way on top.
The Rays hit a solo home run in the ninth, but who cares? (other than Cory Gearrin, who gave up the home run and messed with his stats) They couldn’t close the gap. The final score was:
Giants 6, Rays 4
Joe Panik was 0 for the series until the ninth inning–when his one hit was a 3 RBI home run–not bad for a kid who took a beaner for his first RBI of the game. Now, that’s what I call a Panik Attack! Way to go Joe.
The Giants finish up the series Sunday–Father’s Day–with baseball brunch. Get your waffles on. Jake Peavy will be on the mound to see if he can get the Giants win streak bumped up to eight in a row. First pitch is set for 10:10 am and you can catch it on CSN-BA or KNBR 680.
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