Wednesday, September 7, 2016

NL West W L GB
LA 78 60 - Have now won 4 straight.
GIANTS 74 64 4 Need series win tonight.
Wild Card W L GB
GIANTS 74 64 - 13 of last 24 at home.
St Louis 73 64 - Looking to 4-game set in SF.
New York 73 66 1 "Thor" goes for sweep.

Giants defeated Colorado, 3-2.
LA defeated Arizona, 5-2.
St Louis defeated Pittsburgh, 9-7, and New York beat Cincinnati, 5-3.

Giants finish up at Colorado; 8:40 PM EDT (6:40 local). Alberto Suarez against our old friend, Jorge DeLaRosa, who pitched well in two starts against the Giants earlier this year.
LA finishes up with Arizona before going on the road.
St Louis sends Mike Leake out to try and sweep Pittsburgh; Noah Syndergaard has the same task for the Mets in Cincinnati.  

Last Night's Game
Jeff Samardzija quietly continued his string of strong starts with seven innings of four hit ball, striking out nine, and it's a shame he didn't get the win. Since that bad patch in early July, "Shark" has been sharp over his last six starts. But he was trailing 2-1 when pulled for a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth. Men on first and second and nobody out, and up came... Ehire Adrianza? With Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson, Brandon Belt, and Joe Panik available? But Adrianza can bunt, and he laid down a beauty, which paid off when Eduardo Nunez' grounder to short brought home the tying run. In the ninth, Buster Posey hustled around to second when Daniel DeScalso threw wildly on his grounder, and Hunter Pence beat out an infield hit, Posey alertly taking third. Up stepped Kelby Tomlinson, who's become a fan favorite in much the same way Matt Duffy was. "Clark Kent" ripped an RBI single for the game-winner, certified good a few minutes later after Santiago Casilla did not blow the save.

Though it took "small ball" to do it, the reshuffled lineup did provide some spark, along with seven hits, the most the Giants have had in a solid week. On the bench were Belt, Panik, and Denard Span; in the lineup were Tomlinson, Gorkys (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) Hernandez, and Trevor Brown, catching with Posey at first base. Hey, it worked, as did the obligatory Smith-Romo-Lopez tango in the eighth. 

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