SF Giants spring back in town

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I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. The boys are back in town. Spread the word around. Sensing a theme? Tell the Pointer Sisters and Thin Lizzy to step aside.  I’m in a singing mood. Lucky for you, you’re not in hearing distance.

The Giants were back home in AT&T and the place never looked better. The yard was a sight for sore eyes.

You know what else never looked better? Chris Marrero. I like that kid. I hope we keep him. He left camp leading the pack in runs, hits and home runs. He’s been great on offense. In tonight’s game against Oakland, he went 1 for 2 with a double. But the real exciting stuff was happening in left field. He ran down a couple of tough plays and made the outs. This could be the answer the bosses have been trying to find.

Marrero was drafted by the Washington National out of high school in 2006 and was granted free agency in 2013. He’s been floating from minor league contract to minor league contract, having some success here and there. So far he’s been a pretty good fit with the Giants. Did I mention I like him?

The Giants took on our cross-bay rivals, the Oakland A’s and the Giants came out on top.  Johnny Cueto pitched a magnificent five complete innings. He allowed six hits, but no runs, and he struck out two. Cory Gearrin and Ty Blach pitched an inning each, allowing no hits, no runs and they each struck out one. George Kontos was lights out–he pitched one inning and struck out the three batters he faced.

The offense got started late in the game, scoring in the seventh inning when Brandon Belt led-off with a single, advanced to third on Buster Posey‘s base hit and scored on Brandon Crawford‘s single.  Buster advanced to second on Crawford’s hit and moved to third on Conor Gillaspie‘s single to right. Kelby Tomlinson was brought into the game to pinch run for Buster and scored on Eduardo Nunez‘s base hit to right. Crawford scored on Joe Panik‘s sac fly.

The A’s had some hits, but no runs. They faced our new closer, Mark Melancon, in the ninth. Catcher Nick Hundley caught Melancon for the 1, 2, 3 shut-down inning.

The final score was: Giants 3, A’s 0

The Giants face the A’s again Friday, as you can see from the game schedule to your left. I love new toys! I know. You can say it. I’m very easily entertained. Jeff Samardzija will be on the mound and maybe we’ll find out who’s going to make the team for Opening Day.

Toni Cecchetti

30 March 2017

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