Greek Giant

Stop the Presses! The Giants won a game in Miami after trailing 3-0. Miami is where Giants seasons travel to die, just like the nation’s retirees. Only, the Giants (and their fans) have to witness these deaths year-in, year-out! The Giants have not won a series in Miami since 2016! I can recall many ugly memories for the Giants in Miami going back to 1997, 2003 and later. Things may be changing however…Last night the Giants scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead and keep it, winning 4-3 and getting Kyle Harrison, the win. The big hits came with two outs in the seventh when Jung Ho Lee tied the game and then Wilmer Flores put the Giants ahead. Each hit was a single and in each case the batter made enough contact to keep the rally alive.

On Wilmer Flores Giants Manager Bob Melvin had high praise after the game:

“There’s no heartbeat with Wilmer. There certainly isn’t any stress. Gets behind in the count right away and doesn’t try to do too much. Just trying to find the outfield grass with the line drive and did it. We always feel really good when Wilmer is up there in big spots. I’ve been on the other side of it for years. That’s not a guy I want up there in that situation if I’m on the other side.”

The big hits by Lee and Flores:

The seventh inning, as it happens, was the first inning in which the Giants did not have to face Edward Cabrera, the Marlins starter who liked like a combination of Bob Gibson and Zeus in his utter domination of the Giants. He would go six innings and allow five hits while recording ten strikeouts against only a walk. He was charged with a run. It was his first start of the season after starting the year on the IL. He was mighty impressive and I wish the Giants had him. Between his fastball and slider, he was basically un-hittable for most of the night and if he could have pitched another inning or two the Giants may not win this game. But once Cabrera was out and George Soriano came out it was a different ball game altogether.

Kyle Harrison’s Victory

Kyle Harrison would pitch six innings and allow three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and only one walk, a key stat for him. In fact he was better than that line indicates frankly. One of those runs came on a soft flair hit and Harrison was routinely ahead of hitters and inducing weak contact. It was perhaps his most important and impressive start as a Major Leaguer because it helped the Giants bounce back after an ugly loss in St. Petersburg the day before. Harrison ended up throwing 85 pitches and probably could have gone for one more inning but Bob Melvin likely wanted to play it safe with his rookie, particularly since the stadium roof was open which meant it was likely a bit more humid and hot than Harrison and the Giants are used to.

Doval’s Four-Out Save

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Bob Melvin want to the mound to summon a reliever. Taylor Rogers was running out of the bullpen and then confusion happened. It turns out Melvin wanted to Doval, who was either not ready or did not realize he was in. There was a delay and Marlins Manager Skip Schumacher correctly argued that the time violation caused by the delay meant the Giants should be punished with a ball one count to the next hitter. He did not win his argument and was ejected a few pitches later. Doval would record the out, end the Marlins rally and then get three outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve the lead. It was Camilo’s first appearance in a week so he was more than fresh.

Here is Camilo:

Happy Jackie Robinson Day

As you my have understood from my post yesterday I was so disgusted with the Giants that I forgot to mention it was Jackie Robinson Day, one of the greatest new traditions in Major League Baseball. Yesterday was the anniversary of Robinson’s Major League Debut with Brooklyn and in honor of that moment every player across MLB wears number 42. Yesterday MLB added a twist to the tradition by making the numerals blue on each jersey.

Check this wonderful article out for more. Yesterday Rachel Robinson attended the Mets game!

Tonight’s Game

Tonight’s game will take place at 6:40 PM, Miami time with Hicks facing Weathers.