It was kind of a slow start for the G-Men when you consider Arizona scored three runs in the bottom of the first. It was alarming because we had Johnny Beisbol on the mound, and he is our “winningest” pitcher right now.
The Giants took one run back in the second when Brandon Crawford led off with a walk and scored on Conor Gillaspie’s triple. In the fourth it was Brandon Belt’s turn to draw a lead-off walk, Gillaspie hit a ground rule double. Belt and Gillaspie scored on Grant Green’s single.
That would be great and we would have had a tie score if the DBacks hadn’t scored on a solo home run in the third. Johnny Cueto got off to a shaky start, but other than the solo home run in the third, he didn’t give up more runs. Here’s how his box score looked: innings pitched: 7, runs allowed: 4 (2 were homers), hits: 7, walks: 0, strike outs: 9. I heard Trevor Brown said after the game Johnny wasn’t feeling well. That explains a lot. He didn’t have that skip in his step you usually see when he is in the game.
The Giants gained the lead in the sixth when Jarrett Parker and Gillaspie hit singles and scored on Trevor Brown’s double. They added an insurance run in the eighth-Parker hit a solo home run, opposite field. The final score was:
Giants 6, Arizona 4
The scary part-the Giants Torture! part-was in the ninth when Santiago Casilla came in to close the game. The first batter singled and advanced to third when the second batter singled, leaving Casilla with runners at the corners and no outs. The next batter hit a ground ball to first, Belt fielded it cleanly, threw to Crawford who got the force at second and returned the ball to Belt just in time to get the runner at first. Double play-turned beautifully. Casilla walked the next batter-runners at the corners again-but struck out the next guy to end the inning and the game. Exhale.
I think it’s time to dust off my Lou Brown speech. You remember Lou? From Major League? Here’s what he had to say:
OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it’s called “two in a row”. And if we win again tomorrow, it’s called a “winning streak”… It has happened before!
Saturday is Jeff Samardzija’s turn on the hill. Remember what I said about having his own private June Swoon? We’ve turned the calendar page. It’s July. I have my fingers crossed-my toes too-that the Shark will attack Saturday. Show some teeth.
Game time is 7:05 pm-you can pick it up on all the usual stations-CSN-BA and KNBR 680. Join my friends on Facebook in the SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat group for that “like being at the yard without leaving my house” feeling. Fix up a Krabby Sandwich with a nice glass of wine and you won’t even know the difference. Follow the link below: