Greek Giant

Last night the Giants lost their fifth game in a row by a score of 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. It was another bullpen fail in the form of a two-run walk-off home run by by Arizonan Paven Smith off Randy Rodriguez. If you are keeping score at home that’s two straight losses from homers off Giant relievers in the ninth inning. The Giants are now 29-32. Only a few days ago they were 29-27 and seemingly running for contention for the NL’s top Wild Card spot.

Not anymore. Losing streaks will do that to you.

The Giants made this another bullpen game with Eric Miller starting and pitching a scoreless first inning. Spencer Howard followed and went 4 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits and recording three strikeouts. Those two runs came when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a homer to left. He had been slumping and that hit seemed to energize the hometown fans and the Arizona team. Later in the inning Eugenio Suarez tripled on a ball that appeared catchable but Mike Yaz seemed to misjudge his distance to the wall or lost in the roof of the indoor ballpark. At any rate Suarez was on third when Blaze Alexander, the DBacks’ ninth place hitter, singled up the middle with two outs to make the game 2-0. That last hit hurt.

The Giants got one run back when Matt Chapman doubled in Brett Wisely with a rocket to left center for a double. Then in the top of the seventh inning the Giants tied the game thanks to a beautiful home run on a curveball on the outside corner hit by Heliot Ramos. That blast energized the Giants and made it a very different game. Unfortunately it would also be the last run the Giants would score on the night.

In the fateful bottom of the ninth inning, with the score tied at 2 runs, Rodriguez struck out Gurriel Jr. before allowing a double to Jake McCarthy. Then up came the hero, Mr. Smith and he ended the game with one swing, to the eternal discontent of the Giants and their fans. That homer came off a 98 MPH fastball away from the lefty. He just hit it. It happens. The ball traveled over the center field wall and went 440 feet if it went an inch.

Today’s Game

The Giants play game two of the series tonight at 6:40 PM. It will be Harrison against Walston.