The offense was on fire. Matt Moore was almost lights out. These are the guys we’ve been waiting on forever.
I know they’re not necessarily here to stay–we’ve been down this road before–but that’s exactly my point. It’s happening again and again. Lately there seems to be a shorter wait between agains.
If you look up our stats on www.baseball-reference.com, you will see that our second half is much improved over our first half. Our W-L% is .455 so far in the second half. We finished the first half with a 378. Right now our overall win percentage is–drum roll, please–.403%. Yay! We broke .400.
The Giants hit the ground running, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. The best part was when Denard Span hit a single and Hunter Pence followed with a double. Jarrett Parker came to the plate and hit a double scoring Span and Pence–it was like déjà vu all over again–they ran to home plate in tandem again, but like they were on different bikes this time. Not so close. Pablo Sandoval‘s base hit scored Parker.
Matt Moore went on to pitch seven shut out innings. He gave up two hits, two runs, four walks and four strike outs. He left in the seventh with two Phillies on base and two outs to go. His baserunners scored after he came out of the game, but they were his responsibility. He put together a good outing.
The Giants scored again in the second—Hunter Pence knocked one out of the park. They scored in the third too after Pablo drew a walk, and then Brandon Crawford hit a big fly into the left centerfield bleachers. He needed that.
The bats stayed quiet until the eighth after the Phillies scored a couple of runs, the Giants took them right back and then some. The Panda singled, BCraw doubled and Kelby Tomilinson hit a single, scoring Sandoval and advancing BCraw to third. Carlos Moncrief reached on a fielder’s choice-throwing error that got BCraw and Kelby home and Moncrief to second. Denard Span hit a single scoring Moncrief.
The final score was: Giants 10, Phillies 2
The Giants–even though they are not having a newsworthy season–made big news, good news even—they are the first team in the MLB to reach 11,000 wins. Congrats to the entire franchise and its history.
Still hanging at #28, but we broke .400 after this game. Way to go #Giants!
18 August 2017