SF Giants spring rematch

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Jarrett Parker is giving the Giants a lot to think about. Not the least of which was his three-hit Sunday.

The Giants faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in a rematch that ended a lot differently than Saturday’s game between the two teams. And this time the Giants got it right.

I can’t lie, I was just a little worried because the DBacks center fielder led off the first inning with a home run. Come on, really?

I needn’t have worried–the Giants came to the plate in the second inning ready to do some damaage. And they did. Jarrett Parker got a base hit and Conor Gillaspie reached on the Arizona pitcher’s throwing error. Trevor Brown‘s single loaded the bases. Kelby Tomlinson doubled–scoring Parker and Gillaspie–while Brown advanced to third. Orlando Calixte‘s ground out gave Brown enough room to score.

The DBacks scored another run in the third, narrowing the Giants lead to one run, but the Giants came roaring back in the fifth and put four more runs on the board. Eduardo Nunez led off the inning with a line drive double and Aaron Hill drew a walk. Parker’s single drove in Nunez and Gillaspie’s ground rule double brought Hill home. Brown was up next and his sharply hit single had enough on it to plate Parker and Gillaspie.

The DBacks scored a run in the seventh and another in the eighth, but it didn’t help them because the Giants landed a really big eighth inning with five runs. Tim Federowicz led off with a double and Miguel Gomez followed with his own double, scoring Federowicz. Gomez scored on Jae-gyun Hwang‘s sac fly.  Calixte reached on an error and scored when Christian Attoyo reached on another DBack error. Kyle Blanks topped it all off with a two run homer.

The final score was: Giants 12, Arizona 4

All in all it was a great listen. Jon Miller and Dave Flemming were on the air–wouldn’t you know–just when I’m getting used to hearing Doug Greenwald call the game.

Monday’s game is set for 6:05 pm. Good thing. I have jet lag from the time change. How about we quit springing forward and just fall back every year? We could go back to 2010, 2012 or 2014 and just keep hitting the reset button. Like Groundhog Day only better, because we will just keep winning the Fall Classic. I could live with it.

Monday’s game will be on KNBR 680 or if you have MLB.TV, or  FSSW (Fox Sports, Texas-style) you can catch the game on TV. Jeff Samardzija will be on the mound at Surprise! Stadium, spring home of the Texas Rangers. I like surprises. As long as they’re good ones.

Toni Cecchetti

12 March 2017

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