SF Giants hit hard

belt 06.30

I’m starting to look for pod people. I know I’m not supposed to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I’ll look for pod people. I have two questions: 1–who are these guys? or better yet, 2–who are  the guys we watched in April, May and the first three weeks of June?

If I’m given a choice, I’d like to keep this bunch of guys, please. They play like somebody that I used to know.

Friday’s game in Pittsburgh was a bruising success. Batters getting hit by pitches–with Hunter Pence winning the title “Baseball Magnet” a switch from his old title of “Babe Magnet”–after Pence got dinged once and buzzed twice. Even Gorkys Hernandez took one in the back.

To be fair, Johnny Cueto plunked the Pirates power hitting outfielder early in the game. It didn’t look like any of the hit by pitches were on purpose.

Speaking of Johnny Beisbol, this was not one of his finest performances, but he wasn’t going to let that stop him. He fought hard, sweated bullets and switched up his pitches throwing whatever he could get to work. It was amazing to watch. He gave up a few runs in the first, but not one more after that. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs, seven hits, four walks and he struck out three.

The bullpen pitched the rest of the game. Cory Gearrin and Josh Osich each gave up a run, but the newest bullpen member, Dan Slania–a 2013 Giants draft pick–pitched a perfect, shut down ninth.

The Giants kicked off the scoring early, with Denard Span‘s sent his opening salvo over the center field wall, for a rare Giants home run. In the third, Span drew a walk, advanced to third on a Pirates’ throwing error and scored on Hunter Pence’s single.

The Giants scored three more in the fourth when Austin Slater, with two outs, drove a single to right. Cueto and Span followed with a single each to load the bases for Joe Panik, whose single scored Slater. Pence hit a single scoring Cueto and Span.

The Giants had a really big inning in the sixth. Austin Slater led off with a single and advanced to third with Span’s base hit. Span stole second and Panik drew a walk to load the bases. Slater scored when Pence was hit by a pitch. With the bases still loaded, Buster Posey hit a ground rule double that scored Span and Panik. Brandon Belt hit a double that scored Pence and Buster.

And that wasn’t the end of it. Ryder Jones, our newest call-up, got his first big league hit. Finally. He’s been waiting for that all week. He advanced to second on Span’s single, and scored from second when Pence got a base hit. A very exciting night for the kid.

Belt hit a solo home run in the eighth, and Panik hit a single in the ninth. Pence landed in the dirt a couple of times at the plate and drew blood–trying to avoid getting hit by a pitch. Again. He drew a walk, and Gorkys Hernandez got plunked instead. The bases were loaded and Belt hit a sac fly scoring Panik.

The final score was: Giants 13, Pirates 5

Although Brandon Crawford didn’t add to the score with a swing of his bat, he prevented the other side from scoring with gold glove defense.

Those guys looked good out there. These are the guys we were expecting after the Giants broke camp at the end of March. Can we keep them?

I hope so. Maybe if we promise to take good care of them and make sure they always have fans in the seats and loud cheers to greet them…maybe.

Otherwise, my plan is to continue to thank the baseball gods for Philadelphia. I’m not really crazy about that plan.

Toni Cecchetti

30 June 2017

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