San Francisco Giants Win Series Against Diamondbacks
By Michael Saltzman
In a season that has been filled with so many losses, winning a series has been rare, but the San Francisco Giants took the series against Diamondbacks, winning 6-3 on Sunday.
The San Francisco Giants rode the bats of of Jarrett Parker, Hunter Pence, and Nick Hundley and the arm of Jeff Samardzija to win against Arizona.
Parker started the scoring with a two run home run in the second inning. Pence followed that up with a two run single in the third. Then, it was Hundley’s turn with a two run single in the fifth.
Samardzija went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, while striking out three and walking three. The Giants used four pitchers in the seventh inning, which ended with Albert Suarez getting A.J. Pollock to ground out, stranding runners at second and third.
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Suarez would go on to pitch the eighth and ninth, getting Jake Lamb, Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez in order in the top of the eighth. He finished off Martinez by striking him out.
Suarez earned the save, getting the last seven outs of the game.
Pence now owns an eight game hit streak as the offense did enough to support Samardzija for the win.
Samardzija earned his seventh win of the season, but it was his bat flip double that was the highlight of the game for the Shark and led to teammate Ty Blach flexing to remind him that he hit a ball over the fence Thursday.
Buster Posey also stole a base today. In fact, he stole two. I think Andrew Baggarly summed it up best in a pair of tweets.
The Giants now host the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs for three games.
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