San Francisco Giants Walk off Dodgers on McCutchen Blast
By Luke Corvello
After nearly 5 and a half hours, the San Francisco Giants biggest offseason acquisition finally delivered. Andrew McCutchen was the hero of an epic game against the Dodgers.
Ladies and gentlemen, Andrew McCutchen has finally arrived for the San Francisco Giants. After hitting below the mendoza line to begin the season, McCutchen improved his average by going 6 for 7 with a towering 3-run walk-off home run.
It was much needed lift that the Giants needed to beat the rival Dodgers, as Giants fans have been waiting to see this McCutchen for the start of the season. You don’t have to worry Giants fans because it looks like the bats are finally coming alive.
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The game started at 3:05 pm today and didn’t end until nearly 8:30 pm. McCutchen started off the day with an rbi single in the first inning, and his day just kept getting better from there. Adding McCutchen right behind hot hitting Joe Panik and before Buster Posey will be a major boost to this Giants team.
Many people were skeptical about the acquisitions of McCutchen and Longoria in the offseason due to last years disappointment. But, if these two former all-stars bring the type of all star play that people have seen over the last number of years, there’s no reason why this team can’t compete for a division or wild card spot.
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The Dodgers on the other hand fall to 2-6 on the year, a huge disappointment after representing the National League in the World Series just a year ago. There’s reason for worry for the Dodgers as they will be without star Justin Turner at least until the beginning of June. If the Dodgers continue their funk, there’s optimism for Giants fans that they’ll be able to take advantage of the Dodgers poor performance.
Going back to the Giants, they continued to show fight all day long. Buster Posey delivered a two-run home run off Rich Hill in the bottom of the 4th inning today. Posey has always been the heart and soul of this Giants team, and if this middle of the lineup can get going it would come to much relief for manager Bruce Bochy.
The bullpen for the Giants was another highlight. Bochy used every single relief pitcher today after Chris Stratton went 6 innings. Reyes Moranta, a reliever that was added to the roster once Mark Melancon, came in to fire 4 strikeouts in 2 innings. The bullpen did their job, and Giant fans know how much the bullpen has faltered over the last number of years. Melancon was supposed to be the key piece, but if other guys like Moranta and Strickland step up and pitch the way they have, Melancon’s loss won’t hurt too bad.
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The Giants are showing plenty of fight to open up the season, something that those 3 world series teams all had in common. Tomorrow it will be Ty Blach against Clayton Kershaw. Blach outdueled Kershaw on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, and Bochy hopes he can find the same production and a series win.