After a hard fought four-game series with the Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants needed a drama-free win. They didn’t quite get that, as the pitching and offense battled hard all night. But with some solid pitching and timely hitting, the G-Men pulled through with a win.
The San Francisco Giants scored first in the bottom of the first after a quick top of the inning from Samardzija. With a Belt single and a Panik single, Giants had a couple on to start the game. After Pence and Morse ground out, Christian Arroyo reaches on a fielding error, scoring the first run of the game. Following the error, Gillaspie lines a single to center, making it 2-0 Giants early on.
Jeff Samardzija would cruise through the first four innings, but would run into trouble into the 5th. After hitting Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Schimpf launches a two-run homer to center, tying the game at two. After an error in the outfield from Belt, Spangenberg reaches third on what should have only been a base hit. With a runner on third and no out, Austin Hedges bloops a single to shallow center, giving the Padres a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning.
In the bottom half of the 5th, the Giants responded back immediately. With a lead off double from Belt, the Giants had a runner in scoring position right away. A wild pitch moved Belt to third, who would then come home to score on a Michael Morse sac-fly to right. Giants would tie the game at three a piece as Samardzija went back to work.
Top of the seventh, with the score still 3-3, Samardzija found himself in trouble again. After hitting Solarte for a second consecutive at-bat, Spangenberg lines a double down the right field line putting runners on second and third with one out. A clutch strikeout and a ground out allowed Samardzija to dodge a bullet and get out of the inning.
Samardzija’s night was done after seven solid innings, the Giants fifth consecutive Quality Start. In the bottom of the seventh, the Giants would make noise, but wouldn’t score, as they strand a couple runners on base. Derek Law would take the eighth, and run into a couple hiccups, but keeps the game tied at three.
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In the bottom of the eighth inning, Christian Arroyo would launch his second homer of the year, putting the Giants up 4-3! Its been unbelievable just how clutch Arroyo has been since coming up. The two run homer on Wednesday, the game tying hit last night and now the go-ahead homer in the 8th tonight. Christian Arroyo has certainly been a spark plug, as he proves once again.
Melancon would come in to close the ninth, but would have some help from his defense. A blooper from Solarte would be caught by an outstanding catch from Joe Panik diving out into shallow center field. Melancon would have a perfect ninth inning, closing out a great win for the Giants.
Finals for tonight game:
Giants: 4 Padres: 3
W: Law (3-0, 3.18 ERA) L: Buchter (1-1, 3.72 ERA) S: Melancon (5)
Tune in tomorrow at 6:05 PM as the Giants start at a different time.
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