The Snakes didn’t sink their fangs into the Giants Wednesday–Matt Moore pitched a great game and got by with a little help from his friends.
An unbelievable infield hit for Joe Panik proved he can outrun a baseball–he made it to first just nanoseconds before the ball. Panik scored on Buster Posey’s RBI double and Hunter Pence singled scoring Buster, putting the Giants on the board in the bottom of the first.
At one point the game was literally for the birds. We’re used to the seagulls circling in the ninth, but this time it was a pigeon on the infield watching the game during the fourth inning. A grounder to short would have taken him out. He didn’t seem concerned. In fact, a couple of his friends stopped by in the fifth to watch the game with him. They enjoyed their perch on the infield grass and the third base line. Who do you have to know to get those tickets?
Moore followed his last outing–which was practically perfect–with a terrific quality start. In 5 ⅓ innings pitched, he gave up five hits, one run, one walk and struck out seven. The run actually scored after he came out of the game, but since he put the runner on base, the run was charged to him.
Conor Gillaspie led-off the seventh inning with a triple and Angel Pagan’s double drove Gillaspie home. Pagan advanced to third on Panik’s base hit and scored on Buster Posey’s sac fly.
Santiago Casilla pitched the last out of the eighth and was back in the ninth. Casilla struck out the lead-off man in the ninth and induced a ground out before he gave up a solo home run, doubling Arizona’s score. But he managed to get it out of it and get the save anyway. The final score was:
Giants 4, Arizona 2
The Giants split the two-game series with Arizona. Now it’s on to Chicago and let’s win there! Thursday’s game starts at 5:05 pm with Jeff Samardzija on the mound in his old stomping grounds. The game will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. You know the drill–Don’t Stop Believing!
31 August 2016
For those of you keeping track, the Rockies won the first two games of their series against LA and were one out away from completing the sweep when the Dodgers overtook the Rockies with a grand slam. Unbelievable. But that’s baseball! It’ll break your heart.