Things are finally clicking for the 2017 San Francisco Giants.
The bats broke out in the late innings against the Pittsburgh bullpen for a second straight day, leading the visiting Giants to a 5-3 win, a series sweep and a sixth consecutive win.
Trevor Williams cruised through six innings for Pittsburgh, but trouble arose in the seventh. Hunter Pence led off the winning with a walk and advanced to third on Buster Posey’s double, only the third hit Williams allowed on the day. With two left-handed bats coming up, Clint Hurdle pulled the trigger and called on left-handed reliever Tony Watson.
Watson allowed back-to-back singles to those two left-handers, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford, to tie the game. Jae-gyun Hwang reached on an infield hit after a call at first was overturned on replay, and Kelby Tomlinson’s pinch-hit sac fly gave the Giants a 3-2 lead.
Brandon Belt’s two-run homer in the eighth stretched the lead to 5-2. Pittsburgh would cut the lead to 5-3 when John Jaso homered off Steven Okert.
Sam Dyson pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game for his second consecutive save.
Jeff Samardzija earned his second straight win, allowing just two runs over six innings. For the third consecutive start, he did not issue a walk. Both runs Samardzija allowed came on Jordy Mercer’s fourth-inning homer.
NEWS AND NOTES:
– Buster Posey will be the NL’s starting catcher in the All-Star Game for a third straight year. It will be his fourth All-Star start and fifth appearance overall. He received over 3.3 million votes, more than double the tally of runner-up Willson Contreras.
– Christian Arroyo will be out for at least two months after breaking his hand in Saturday night’s game with Triple-A Sacramento. As reported by Daniel Brown, it was his first game since June 14, as he had been on the disabled list with another hand injury.