Monday night the San Francisco Giants took advantage of mistakes, while not making many themselves in win number 62.
The 9-2 seems like a great win, but the Arizona Diamondbacks clinched a playoff spot yesterday and this was a game they didn’t care much about. At least it seemed that way.
There are only five games left on the season then it is on to 2018.
Of Course this game did not start the way the San Francisco Giants wanted. Johnny Cueto started this game and got off to a rocky start. Now because the Diamondbacks clinched their playoff spot the day before, there was no J.D Martinez or Paul Goldschmidt in their lineup. They just about threw out a Triple-A lineup and they jumped to a 2-0 lead early on.
In the first inning, the only regular starter in the lineup, (Brandon Drury) got the Diamondbacks on the board with a one-out double scoring former Giant Gregor Blanco after he reached base with a walk. Then the same thing happens in the third inning. Blanco walks and Drury strikes again with a single scoring Blanco giving the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. After that Cueto got back on track and threw six solid innings only allowing those two runs.
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The Giants got in on the action in the fourth inning by scoring five runs in the inning, highlighted by home runs from Nick Hundley (9) and Hunter Pence (13). Hundley’s was a three-run home run, which was only the seventh three-run home run for the Giants all year long. Next inning, thanks to a couple of errors, they got an insurance run and took a commanding 6-2 lead.
The Giants added to the lead in the eighth inning, thanks in part to some key hits and some more Diamondback errors. With a 9-2 lead in the ninth, Albert Suarez came in and shut the door securing win number 62 on the year. Just one more and they are guaranteed to not have a 100 loss season.
Nick Hundley is going to go into free agency this off-season as the most wanted catcher. Today he hit his ninth home run on the season as the back-up catcher. He has had a fantastic season this year and I have to believe he is going to be the number one target for the Giants to re-sign.
Johnny Cueto pitched well tonight and got his eighth win on the year. He is set to throw the season finale on Sunday; however, it remains to be seen, due to talks of the Giants wanting to do something special for Matt Cain. No matter the case, is Cueto about to throw his final pitch as a Giant? Or will he decide to stay for the next four years?
Tuesday night the Giants will look to get a winning streak and get their 63rd win on the year. Five games left, then we can all look forward to 2018.