Another day, another win. The wins are coming a little more frequently, aren’t they? Maybe it’s just me. But if you look at our 1st half stats v. our 2nd half stats, there is a slight improvement. Our win percentage for the second half is .435, at the end of the first half it was .378. We are getting better.
Not only that, we split the series with Oakland, and we won the series against the DBacks. I like the way things are starting to look.
Sunday’s game was a great win for Jeff Samardzija. Our starting pitchers aren’t always rewarded for their efforts. It’s nice to see one get a W once in a while.
Samardzija pitched six and a third, allowed three runs, five hits, three walks and struck out three. Just like the old saying goes—”everything comes in threes.
The DBacks scored early, but not often and the Giants easily overtook them with two runs in the second–Jarrett Parker hit a home run with Miguel Gomez on board. Another two runs were scored in the third–Samardzija hit a double, that he clearly thought was a home run, making Ty Blach smirk a little, Gorkys Hernandez reached on an error, Kelby Tomlinson moved them over a base with a sac bunt, and Hunter Pence drove them both home.
The play of the game came in the fifth inning, though, when Gorkys hit a double, tried to stretch it out and got caught in a rundown, but he took a dive over the second baseman who dropped the ball and Gorkys landed safe on second. The DBacks walked Buster Posey and while Hunter was at the plate, Gorkys stole third and Buster stole second. Nick Hundley drove them both home with a ground ball single to our old friend Gregor Blanco in center field.
The final score was: Giants 6, DBacks 3
I think Gorkys new walk up song should be “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” by Culture Club. Don’t you? Great play.
File this under more good news—Conor Gillaspie cleared waivers and has re-signed a contract for AAA Sacramento, so we’re not losing him after all.
We climbed out of the basement a couple of steps. It will be interesting to see where we ultimately land.
6 August 2017