The San Francisco Giants behind stellar pitching from Jeff Samardzija beat the San Diego Padres 3-0. Samardzija earned his fourth career shutout, first with the Giants, on only 102 pitches.
This game for the San Francisco Giants was all on Jeff Samardzija. He was very unpredictable all night leaving hitters off balance all night long. He was never in any trouble except in the fifth inning where the Padres had the tying run on second with one out, but he was stranded at third. Once again his control was great as he didn’t walk a batter and got five strikeouts.
There were many, many opportunities for the Giants to break this game open. In the third inning, Pablo Sandoval stranded the bases loaded after he lined out to the second baseman to end the inning. Then Jeff Samardzija came up to bat in a similar situation in the sixth inning where he ended up grounding out to the second baseman.
In a rare night, the Giants got all their runs via home runs. Brandon Crawford (12) hit a deep fly to right-center field in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Joe Panik then hit his eighth home run of the year in the eighth inning off the right field foul pole. That was a two run shot to give the Giants a 3-0 lead that would eventually hold as the final score.
Jeff Samardzija came out for the ninth inning with only 93 pitches thrown.
Jeff Samardzija– After today’s victory, Jeff Smardzija is now 8-3 lifetime against the San Diego Padres.
Buster Posey (thumb) will be sitting out the next few days. He had been in a 1-17 slump and just needs a couple days to rest.
Johnny Cueto pitched in his final rehab start yesterday with the San Jose Giants. He didn’t fare well allowing eight runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings of work. He is scheduled to come off the disabled list later this week.
Tomorrow the San Francisco Giants will look to build off of this victory as they will try to take two in a row from the Padres.