SF Giants spring rivals

parker-2-03-01The Giants always want to win. It’s why they’re paid the big bucks. The difference with this game is it’s the Dodgers. The Giants–and us fans–want to #BeatLA even if nobody gets paid. Games like this one, where the Giants come close but don’t close the deal–tough to swallow. It goes down like vinegar. That’s ok, wait till next time.

It was a see-saw, multi-run innings game. The Dodgers kicked off the scoring when they scored three runs on four hits off Matt Cain in the second inning. The Giants responded in the bottom of the inning when Aaron Hill drew a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Jarrett Parker‘s double. Gordon Beckham made it to first on a four-pitch walk, then Parker and Beckham both advanced on a passed ball. Parker scored on Kelby Tomlinson‘s ground out.

The Giants scored again in the third after Eduardo Nunez hit a single, but got picked off attempting to steal second, Hunter Pence walked, Brandon Belt singled and Jarrett Parker hit a home run so hard, Dodger Yasiel Puig just watched it sail overhead. This is Parker’s second home run of spring, making him the home run leader. Parker is tied with Chris Marrero for most RBIs with six each.

The Dodgers pulled ahead in the fifth after George Kontos gave up two walks and a home run. They added another run in the seventh after their hitter drew a walk, advanced on an error and scored on a wild pitch.

The Giants scored in the eighth–but it was too little, kinda late–Wynton Bernard drew a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Juniel Querecuto‘s line drive single.

The final score was: Giants 6, LA 7

Disappointed? Sure. Happy about the game anyway? Absolutely. Watching the guys on CSNBA was a sight for seriously sore eyes. And listening to Kruk and Kuip? Like Grammy-winning music to my ears.

Split squads on Thursday–at 12:05 pm at home v Chicago White Sox, radio broadcast on MLB.com and at 12:10 pm at the LA Angels. The Angels broadcast will be on TV at FSW.

I had no trouble tuning in to the Giants/LA game on CSNBA. And guess what? The apps on all my devices worked perfectly . Maybe the baseball gods were just messing with me.

Toni Cecchetti

1 March 2017

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