It seems instead of the Shark attack on the Pirates I looked forward to, the Pirates attacked the Shark, driving Jeff Samardzija from the game after just three innings. It wasn’t pretty.
Samardzija allowed six runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out two. Kruk and Kuip said he “didn’t look comfortable out there.” He didn’t look like his usual self. Derek Law came in for a couple of innings–he’s from the Pittsburgh area, so he had lots of friends and family at the game–and got credit for the win. The bullpen took over and did a great job–including Santiago Casilla who shut it down in the ninth.
The Giants scored a run in the second, Buster Posey scored on Ramiro Pena’s single. They kept on scoring on walks, singles and doubles. Giants-style, keeping the line moving until they pulled ahead in a nice come-from-behind win. The final score was:
Giants 7, Pirates 6
One thing that I keep wondering is: who is this Ramiro Pena and where did he come from? He’s not a rookie, that’s obvious. He’s not home-grown, and I don’t remember hearing anything about him until he came up earlier this month from Sacramento. So, I looked him up.
Pena is from Mexico originally and was drafted by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 2005, made his major league debut in April 2009–he was brought into the game in the top of the eighth to pinch run for Nick Swisher, and played third base for the rest of the game (next to the Captain! Derek Jeter). Baltimore won the game 10-5, with the help of some nice hitting by the O’s first baseman, Aubrey Huff.
Pena left the Yankees as a free agent in 2012 and played for the Atlanta Braves from 2012-2014. He signed a minor league deal with San Diego and played for the El Paso Chihauhaus–the Padres AAA team in 2015. In 2016 he signed with the Giants and had been playing with our AAA team, the River Cats, until he was called up June 10th. He’s played in five games since coming up–he’s made 13 plate appearances, scored two runs on six hits (includes a double in this game and a triple on Tuesday) and has four RBI’s.
Baseball. It’s what’s for breakfast. Who’s flapping the jacks? Game time is 9:35 am and Alberto Suarez will lead the charge for the Giants. Today’s game will be on the MLB Network for you out-of-towners, and will be on CSN-BA or on KNBR 680 for the rest of us.
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