SF Giants Smile though your heart is aching

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If Monday night’s game made me smile, Tuesday night’s game turned that smile upside-down. We’re going the wrong way.

When Matt Moore finished throwing in the bottom of the first, my toes tingled and my nose tingled. That’s a good sign. I was feeling good from my head to my shoes. Moore threw a total of eight pitches for a flyout, a groundout and a lineout. I could get used to this.

Trouble was, Moore couldn’t. He struggled with his location after that, giving up enough singles in the bottom of the second for the Friars to cobble together a run. That’s ok, though—the Giants scored two runs in the top half of the second—it just narrowed our lead to one run.

Moore even contributed to the Giants score in the second. Here’s what happened: Joe Panik led-off the inning with a base hit, Nick Hundley reached on an error and Moore’s sacrifice bunt was so perfect, the Padres third baseman threw the ball away trying to get it to first before the runner. Everyone was safe and Panik put the first run on the board. Denard Span doubled, scoring Hundley.

Then along came the fourth inning and all the wheels fell off the bus. Moore gave up a solo home run to the Padres lead-off man to start the inning, hit a batsman, walked another, turning a home run into a three-run homer toward the end of the inning.

Joe Panik hit a solo home run in the eighth, but the Giants still came up short.

The final score was: Giants 3, Padres 6

We have tomorrow. Maybe we can reclaim our old spot in the standings. Otherwise, we’re still holding at #29.

Happy Anniversary to Duane “Smoothie” Kuiper for hitting your career home run 40 years ago on this day. You’re Hall of Fame in my book!

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