SF Giants spring walk off HR

marrero 03.08The Giants sagged a little when the game against WBC team Puerto Rico began. Angel Pagan led off for PR with a base hit. The bases were loaded before Jeff Samardzija recorded his first out. The guys turned a nice double play and got him out of the first inning with a clean getaway.

Samardzija pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out two. PR scored one run off Mike Roth and three more runs off David Hernandez.

The Giants were scoreless through four and scored one run in the fifth when Brandon Belt singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Jarrett Parker‘s RBI single. They scored two more in the seventh when Hunter Pence‘s triple was followed by Michael Morse‘s home run. Orlando Calixte  hit a triple in the seventh and scored on PR’s passed ball.

The offensive play of the game, though came in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants were down one run. Kyle Blanks drew a lead off walk and Chris Marrero sent a moon shot out over the right center field wall. I couldn’t see it, but my shouts could be heard for miles. Marrero now holds the record for Giants ST home runs with three.

The final score was: Giants 6, WBC Puerto Rico 5

What a great game. Doug Greenwald–and a broadcasting partner–did a magnificent job calling the game, and I’m starting to think Doug might be our lucky charm. Tune in Friday when the Giants play next–we have the day off tomorrow–Doug will be on the air at 12:05 pm with Sean Estes as the Giants take on the Indians again.

Next week we have some games scheduled to be broadcast on TV. That will make my husband happy. He’s getting tired of watching a black screen while some guy’s voice is blaring from the sound bar. And with me trying to keep score, I discourage background chatter. I’m starting to get the feeling he meant for better or worse, but not baseball. Or maybe it’s me.

Toni Cecchetti

8 March 2017

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