The Giants avoided the sweep in a tension-filled pitcher’s duel that saw Shaun Anderson pitch six strong innings allowing only two runs. Unfortunately, Mark Melancon had a bad bottom of the tenth inning and gave up the walkoff hit to Tim Locastro. The former closer had a nightmare, somewhat self-inflicted inning pitching 1/3 allowing 2 hits and 2 walks in an obvious case of the nibbles.
The Giants were largely flummoxed by Merrill Kelly, despite Kevin PIllar’s solo bomb to tie the score at 2. Reyes Moronta performed a high-wire act getting out of a first and third nobody out situation without giving up a run. This feat of magic was largely due to a superlative performance of oh shit! – oh yeah! defense on the part of Steven Vogt, who had a rough day behind the plate. On this particular play, a pitch squirted past him, hit the backstop squarely and came right back to him so quickly that the Giants catcher was able to grab the ball return to the plate to tag out the runner trying to score. It was comical really.
This was just one of those games where the Giants could not get much offense. They had a good series nonetheless and went 3-4 on the seven-game trip.
The bright spot was Shaun Anderson:
“That’s the sign of somebody who’s going to be really good for a long time.”
— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) June 24, 2019
Tonight Jon Gray of the Rockies faces Drew Pomeranz at Willie Mays Field. First pitch is at 7:00 PM.