They didn’t blow away their opponent, but they won their first series since the All-Star Break.
The San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins concluded their three-game series on Wednesday, and like the first two contests in the set, the finale was a tight contest.
The Giants won 1-0 on the strength of their pitching staff, which limited the Fish to eight scattered base runners.
Jeff Samardzija allowed zero runs for the first time as a Giant, lasting 5.2 innings while surrendering three hits and walking three.
“He had great concentration out there, hit his spots well, worked in and out, had good stuff to go with it,” manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after the game. “That was huge for us. It’s great to get a series. Took the pitching to do it.”
The Marlins also threw well in the contest, but Brandon Crawford made starter David Phelps pay for hanging a changeup over the plate in the top of the fourth when the shortstop nailed the 3-2 offering over the wall in right field. After struggling for a few series following his All-Star Game snub, Crawford caught fire in this series: He went 9-for-16, including a double, triple and home run.
Newcomer Will Smith showed the stuff that made him a desirable trade target at the deadline by coming in for Samardzija and striking out both batters he faced. (He received some help from home plate umpire Cory Blaser, who expanded the zone to punch out Chris Johnson to end the sixth inning — a call that led to Miami hitting coach Barry Bonds being ejected for arguing in between innings.)
Hunter Strickland and Derek Law combined to throw 1.2 scoreless frames to get the ball to Santiago Casilla in the ninth. Casilla impressed again, striking out Johnson for the first out and J.T. Realmuto to end the game. Casilla hasn’t allowed a run since July 26, before the trade deadline.
“They really have done a great job, they’ve really grown through this,” Bochy said “… All of [the relievers] are throwing well. … They’re going to play a big part in our games, as you know, we play a lot of close ones.”Brandon CrawfordBruce BochyJeff SamrdzijaMiami MarlinsMLBSan Francisco Giants