Another team and another pitching duel. This time between the veteran Jeff Samardzija for the Giants and the former Rockies pitcher, Christian Friedrich for the Padres.
Samardzija was great–he pitched seven shut out innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine. Derek Law relieved Samardzija in the seventh and gave up a home run with the only hit he allowed.
The Giants were held scoreless through seven, but came to life in the eighth when Joe Panik opened up the inning with a ground rule double and advanced to third on Kelby Tomlinson’s base hit. Eduardo Nunez ground into a force out that took Kelby out at second. Angle Pagan hit a single to right, scoring Panik and Hunter Pence hit a double, plating Nunez.
The Giants went into the ninth with a one-run lead and didn’t add on. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth, causing all of us to move closer to the edge of our seats. I mean, we love Romo, but you gotta admit, he’s had some problems with consistency. As Kuip put it–”moderate torture” at the end. Like Wednesday night, Romo came through–getting the save so the Giants could win the game. The final score was:
Giants 2, Padres 1
Scoreboard watching wasn’t nearly as successful. The Rockies had the Dodgers on the ropes until the seventh when Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam to give the Dodgers the lead and the win. We’re still six games in back of the Dodgers with nine left to play. LA’s magic number is down to four.
The Mets won their game in an 11th inning walk off and the Cardinals had the day off. The Giants and the Mets are tied for the Wild Card spots and the Cardinals are half a game back. Things could get interesting though–the Mets have a cream puff schedule, facing the Phils, the Marlins and the Phils again, while the Cardinals face the Cubs, the Reds and the Pirates. And of course we have the Padres, more Dodgers and our final regular season home stand against the Rockies at home. It’s baseball–anything can happen.
Friday’s game starts at 7:40 pm with Albert Suarez on the mound for the Giants, against the Padres Edwin Jackson–Mr. Inconsistency–who has pitched for almost all the teams in the bigs. I’ll say it again–anything can happen. Don’t Stop Believing.
22 September 2016