SF Giants switch it up

samardzija 06.16

Friday night the Giants surged in the ninth, catching up to the Rockies who won only because they managed to score a walk-off to give them the lead and the game.

Saturday night, the Giants switched it up—scoring early, and perhaps for the Giants, often.  Joe Panik hit a solo home run in the first, Denard Span hit a solo shot in the third,  and in the fifth, Austin Slater drew a walk and Jeff Samardzija helped his own cause with a two-run HR. And if that wasn’t awesome enough for you, according to Statcast, it was the longest projected home run hit by a pitcher at 446 feet.

Things were surely looking up. The Giants had four runs on the board after the top of the fifth. The Rockies limped into the bottom half of the inning with just one run. I got a little cocky with my attitude, thinking we just need to keep the lead, maybe even widen it. We got this.

That’s what happens when you get cocky. The Rox took that lead, narrowed it, closed it and then passed it up like a dirty shortstop’s jersey. They were quick about it too. By the time they got out of the bottom of the fifth, they were two runs ahead.

We scored another run in the top of the sixth when Panik led-off with a double and came home after two productive outs. The Rox snatched it right back in the bottom of the inning. then went on to score three more runs in the seventh.

The Giants got back to work in the eighth with Denard Span hitting a triple and scoring on Panik’s double, who scored after Brandon Belt‘s sac fly advanced him to third, and from there Hunter Pence‘s single got him home.

The Giants were still three runs back, but in the ninth, Gorkys Hernandez hit a triple and scored on Austin Slater’s single. Unfortunately, three outs were recorded before the Giants could get everyone home. They stranded two to end the game.

The final score was: Giants 8, Rockies 10

The Giants looked good out there tonight. I know the Giants lost two games so far on this road stand, but I like the fight I’m seeing. They are not giving up.

That’s what hope looks like.

Toni Cecchetti

16 June 2017

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