SF Giants surprise!

hundley 08.01I can’t say it’s completely unbelievable, but when was the last time the Giants put up a five-run inning before Jeff Samardzija even threw the ball?

The Giants came out swinging, scoring five runs in the first inning. The first three runs were Giants-style, moving the line along. Gorkys Hernandez led-off with a double and Kelby Tomlinson followed with a single, scoring Gorkys. Brandon Belt reached on an error and Buster Posey hit a single scoring Kelby. Brandon Crawford reached on a fielder’s choice that knocked Buster out of the running, but scored Belt. That’s when Nick Hundley stepped up as DH and knocked one out of the park.

Belt doubled in the second inning and scored on Buster’s double. Belt added to the score again in the fourth with a solo home run. Kelby tripled to lead off the sixth, Buster drew a walk and Hunter Pence‘s round tripper scored them all.

It’s an embarrassment of riches and a nice surprise. Giants fans will gladly take it.

Jeff Samardzija did a good job taking the team all the way through the eighth. We need to count on our pitchers who can pitch. Giving manager Bruce Bochy the option to sit most of the bullpen.  Samardzija gave up four runs—one was a home run and three were earned runs, six hits, and two walks, but he struck out five. With the nice cushion provided by the offense, he never let the A’s get too close.

The final score was: Giants 10, Oakland 4

Helluva game. I’ve seen these guys before. They look familiar, but it’s been about a year, so I could be wrong.

The Phillies reclaimed the basement. And the White Sox are heading our way. For now.

Toni Cecchetti

1 August 2017

 

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