SF Giants from cooking to clean up

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Want to know what you do when you spend a couple of days cooking? You get out your brooms Giants fans—it’s time to clean up. For the first time this season the Giants swept a series. How good did that feel? It felt pretty darn good to me. And really overdue.

You know what else felt really good. Ask our newest call-up, Jae-Gyun Hwang of Korea. He stacked up a couple of firsts–not to mention the go-ahead run–with one swing of the bat. His first big league knock and his first big league home run in the sixth, giving the Giants a one-run lead. He chalked up his first big league RBI with a groundout to the pitcher in the fourth that scored Joe Panik.

Hwang wasn’t the only one with a round tripper. Nick Hundley hit one in the fourth with Austin Slater on board, for a two-run homer. Gorkys Hernandez scored the extra insurance run in the eighth when he drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and to third on Panik’s groundout. Gorkys scored when Brandon Belt reached on a force out.

Ty Blach pitched and unfortunately got off to a shaky start. He gave up two runs in the first, for a total of three runs–one earned–in six and third innings pitched. He allowed seven hits, gave up three walks and struck out six. Once he settled in, he was great. He even got a nice hit in the fifth. But it was his at bat in the third that will make the highlight reels. Not for Blach, but for the defensive play by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, whose diving stop, rollover and throw from flat on his back is what the pundits have dubbed “the defensive play of the year.” Whatever. We was robbed.

The final score was: Giants 5, Rockies 3

I just want you to know, if these last three games were just a dream, don’t you dare wake me up. I’m enjoying the baseball. It almost feels like 2010.

Still grateful for Philadelphia–mad respect, really–although they’ve won back-to-back games. Good thing we went on a winning streak and won three.

Toni Cecchetti

28 June 2017

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