Although it’s not always the case for the Giants, it certainly was Thursday night.
The Giants’ offense got off to a good start with two runs in the third. Kelby Tomlinson kicked it off with a lead-off double. Following two outs, Hunter Pence hit a single scoring Kelby and Jarrett Parker drew a walk. Buster Posey‘s single scored Hunter.
The Phillies scored a run in the fifth, but we had a one-run lead and tacked a few more runs on in the fifth when Denard Span hit a single, Hunter drew a walk and Jarrett Parker hit a double that brought Span and Hunter home in a dead heat so close together they looked like they were riding a bicycle built for two. It was pretty funny. The guys in the booth said if Buster Posey had given the signal to slide, it would have looked like synchronized swimming at home plate. Parker scored on Brandon Crawford‘s single.
The Phillies scored three more in the sixth and we were back to the one-run game. Samardzija got out of the jam with a grounder that the guys used to turn a double play and a strike out. At the end of his day, here was Samardzija’s line: six innings pitched, four runs–two were home runs, eight hits, one walk and six strike outs. Mark Melancon, Hunter Strickland and Sam Dyson each pitched a scoreless inning.
The final score was: Giants 5, Phillies 4
It was a nice night, a good game and proof positive there really is no place like home.
#28 and still holding.