SF Giants, two steps forward, one step back

08.20 1024x1024Our victory celebration was short lived. Still, we had a celebration, and for good reason. We won two in a row. The bats are definitely on the road to recovery and the defense is magnificent. It’s our pitching that’s spotty.

It’s ok, we’re still having fun, right?

Matt Moore had some trouble with some of his pitches and  Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon out-pitched him. In the five innings he pitched, Moore allowed three runs–one a home run–on five hits, three walks and he struck out three. Jake Peavy pitched two innings and gave up five runs on five hits and struck out four. The Mets scored their final run off Cory Gearrin in the ninth.

Denard Span hit his first splash home run in the third, and in the fifth, Joe Panik tripled and scored on Conor Gillaspie’s ground out. The Giants started a rally in the eighth, adding three runs to their total. Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence all drew walks, and Eduardo Nunez hit a double scoring Belt and Crawford. Pence scored on Panik’s ground out. The final score was:

Giants 5, Mets 9

More bad news: Angel Pagan strained his groin running down a fly ball. According to Bruce Bochy, Pagan will sit out Sunday and with any luck, be ready for the game in LA Tuesday. He reached an 18 game hitting streak in Saturday’s game.

Sunday’s game has been chosen as ESPN’s Sunday game. Oh joy. That means we will be subjected to the ESPN announcers. Or you can listen on KNBR 680. Game time is 5:05 pm. It promises to be a pitching duel of the show hair.

Join the Facebook group SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat for the witty banter we’ll be missing from a non-Kruk and Kuip game. It’s either that or turn on your radio. Of course, if you want, you can listen to the ESPN broadcast. Pick your poison.

Toni Cecchetti

20 August 2016

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