The San Francisco Giants played three games in the span of 24 hours after Friday’s contest against the Washington Nationals was rained out.
All things considered, the last-place Giants didn’t fare too poorly, stealing a game against the powerhouse Nats.
On Sunday, Bruce Bochy saw two of his starting pitchers perform well. San Francisco split the doubleheader to lose the series.
LOSING THE NIGHTCAP
Two unexpected developments arose in the Giants’ 6-2 loss in the second game of the day Sunday: Matt Moore threw his best start since May, allowing a pair of runs over seven innings; Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 10 en route to a quality start and didn’t get the win.
That’s because the Giants were able to manufacture a couple of runs. The first came in the fourth inning, when Hunter Pence singled through the middle of the infield to plate a run. The next was a solo blast off the bat of Pablo Sandoval, who launched a 93-mph fastball from the favorite to win the NL Cy Young an estimated 423 feet.
That was enough to ensure extra innings.
But in his second inning of long relief, Albert Suarez struggled to get outs. He allowed back-to-back singles in the bottom of the 11th before intentionally walking Anthony Rendon to load the bases.
With the Giants’ entire defense played in to stop a run at the plate from scoring, Howie Kendrick lifted a fly ball over everyone’s head and the wall in left field, securing a game-ending grand slam for the home team.
Chris Stratton showed why the Giants thought he was a first-round talent in his third start as a major-leaguer.
The 26-year old threw 6.2 shutout innings, striking out 10, in San Francisco’s 4-2 win in the early game on Sunday.
Before that outing, Stratton had never punched out more than four batters in an outing.
“I thought in the past I had nibbled around a little bit, so I didn’t want to do that,” he told reporters after the game.
He was backed up by Gorkys Hernandez in the second, when the Giants put a pair of runs on the board. Hernandez and Joe Panik each had RBI singles in the frame.
Panik went a combined 5-for-8 from the plate between the two games Sunday.
Sam Dyson entered for the ninth, when he threw a perfect frame to log his ninth save as a member of the Giants.