SF Giants stung by Snakes

HP 04.11

Hunter meets his “Mini Me”

Or were they? I know one Giant was snakebit. Let’s talk about Gorkys Hernandez for a minute.

I don’t want to vilify the kid, in fact, I won’t allow it. But he had no luck or bad luck in Tuesday night’s game. Yes, I’m calling it luck. I can’t think of any other name that suits. We’ve seen him play better, so we know he can.

First, let’s discuss his at bats. He led off the first inning by roping a line drive toward right center that was so sharply hit it might have meant extra bases.  But the Arizona first baseman was planted directly in it’s path and he snatched the ball out of the air. His plate appearance in the second was even more heartbreaking. With the bases loaded, he hit a high fly ball to center and the Arizona center fielder tracked it all the way back to the wall and caught it.

Then there was his third inning defense. Jeff Samardzija gave up back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. The Arizona clean-up batter hit a high fly ball to center, Gorkys tracked the ball back to the wall, reached up and came up empty. The Snakes were on the board with a three RBI triple.

I think we can all agree it wasn’t Gorkys’ night.

Samardzija had a pretty decent outing, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out seven in six and two-thirds innings pitched.

The Giants scored a run in the eighth when Nick Hundley led off with a double and scored on Joe Panik‘s double. They scored two more runs in the ninth after Hunter Pence drew a walk and scored when Hundley hit a double; Hundley scored on Eduardo Nunez‘s single.

The final score was: Giants 3, Arizona 4

Gorkys is a Giant. And if it wasn’t his night, it wasn’t the Giants night either. I say we pat the kid on the backside, assure him it happens to the best, and shove him back on the horse. He’ll get it.

Toni Cecchetti

11 April 2017

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