I was so focused on keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a Jeff Samardzija win, I forgot to mention the bullpen to the baseball gods as I was fervently pleading with them, “please, please, please let the shark have sharp teeth tonight.”
My prayers were answered. Samardzija left the game in the eighth inning with a two-run lead. All the bullpen had to do was hold it. I’ve gotten ahead of myself though. Let’s take it from the top.
The Giants kicked off the scoring by keeping the line moving in the second. Buster Posey led off with a walk, Brandon Crawford singled and Buster advanced to third. Mac Williamson reached on a fielder’s choice-Buster scored, Crawford advanced to third and Williamson moved to second on Arizona’s throwing error. Ruben Tejada singled scoring Crawford and Samardzija ground into a force out that scored Williamson.
The Diamondbacks scored one run in the third, but Crawford and Williamson hit back-to-back jacks to kick off the fourth. You knowI love those consecutive home runs. The Diamondbacks scored two more runs in the fourth. That I didn’t love. Pitching coach Dave Righetti paid Samardzija a visit on the mound, and I don’t know what was said, but it had to be something like “abracadabra” or “hocus-pocus” because Samardzija was magical again.
Samardzija looked great through eight, and after giving up a double to the lead-off hitter, he got their big slugger to fly out. Manager Bruce Bochy brought in Josh Osich to face the next batter, a lefty-but instead of getting the out, Osich walked him. Hunter Strickland was brought in next and he gave up a home run to the first hitter he faced, giving Arizona the lead for the first time in the game.
The Giants didn’t score in the ninth, Jarrett Parker led off the inning with a single, but that was the only hit for the Giants. The final score was:
Giants 5, Arizona 6
I have to say this-just an opinion, mine but that is the only one I count-the game belonged to Samardzija. Sure he gave up a few runs, but he locked in after Righetti’s visit and had the win when he left it up to the bullpen in the eighth. The game should have been his-no ifs, ands, or buts.
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