The San Francisco Giants have entered July on a hot streak. They won the last four games of June and where looking to keep the winning streak going into July. It took 11 innings, but the Giants are now 1-0 in July.
This was such a “San Francisco Giants” win today. The winning run came in on a wild pitch and Sam Dyson got the save.
The Giants entered today with a 14-30 on the road. The starter today was Matt Moore. Moore has not been good on the road at all this year. An 8.39 ERA in nine starts. His wildness continued right from the get-go. He didn’t allow a run in the first but did walk three runners. Somehow he survived into the sixth inning only allowing one run. His control was uneven again as Moore walked six batters in his 5.2 innings of work. The lone run he allowed came on an RBI single from Josh Bell in the third inning.
The Giants offense didn’t show up today. Up against Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chad Kohl, the Giants could not even buy a hit. They finally got one in the sixth and it was almost robbed. Austin Slater hit his third home run of the year but not before thinking (like everyone in the park) Andrew McCutchen had leaped up at the wall and caught it. Slater actually started walking to the dugout after stopping at second base before the umpire told him to circle around the bases. It stayed a 1-1 game well into extra innings.
In the 11th inning the Giants scored the go-ahead run on a ball four wild pitch to Buster Posey that scored Denard Span. That was all the Giants would need as Sam Dyson got a shot to close out the game and he succeded. The bullpen was phenomenal today pitching 5.2 IP of shutout baseball to keep the team in the game.
Today was a perfect day to make you question MLB replay. The play came in the top of the second after a Brandon Crawford flyout.
This play did not hurt the Giants but replays like this does question the umpires credibility.
Minor League News– Madison Bumgarner made his second rehab start last night in Sacramento with the River Cats. He wasn’t sharp 3.2IP 7H 4ER 1BB 4SO with 62 pitches. The most important thing is how he felt and he said he felt good being out there. With the River Cats on the road next week, it is very possible that Bumgarner’s next rehab start can take place with the Single-A San Jose Giants.
Dan Slania had a good MLB debut yesterday but was sent back down to AA-Richmond and Chris Stratton was recalled.
Christian Arroyo (wrist) and Melvin Upton Jr. (thumb) were both activated from the 7-day DL and added to the River Cats roster.
Minor League Suspension– Giants pitching prospect Joan Gregorio was suspended earlier today for the rest of the season for testing positive for Stanozolol. He was having a decent year with a 3.04 ERA in 74 innings. He is currently on the DL for his back but he was probably going to be a September call-up.
Stay Hot Denard Span– Span did not want the month of June to end. He had 40 hits in the month and had the most of everyone in baseball. This was also the first time a Giant had 40 hits in the month of June since Moises Alou did it back in 2005.
Ryder Jones- Ryder Jones got hit on the wrist in the 10th inning. He stayed in to run the bases but was removed in the bottom half of the inning. He had x-rays and they were negative.
Tune in tomorrow as the Giants will look to take the sweep of the Pirates.
Jeff Samardzija (3-9 4.63) vs. Trevor Williams (3-3 4.82)
10:35 am start time you can tune in on NBC Sports Bay Area on TV or KNBR 680 for radio coverage