Thursday, March 31, 2016

I'm going to learn to spell Samardzija

That's not really that hard. He retired 15 consecutive Oakland A's tonight in a 3-1 vic. 

Here's the top of Chris Haft's story for --


SAN FRANCISCO -- Both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's used Thursday night's Bay Bridge Series opener as an opportunity to test-drive their respective lineups. Neither team delivered high-performance offense, as Jeff Samardzija led a procession of effective pitchers in San Francisco's 3-1 exhibition triumph.
Samardzija worked five innings, retiring 15 consecutive batters after Billy Burns smashed a leadoff triple off the right-field wall. The Giants' projected No. 3 starter had pitched progressively better in his six starts but still entered this game with a 7.20 spring ERA.
"Keep working and you get a day like this where it all comes together," said Samardzija, who walked none and struck out five.
The Giants scored in three consecutive innings after breaking a scoreless tie in the fourth, when Hunter Pence doubled and came across on Brandon Crawford's two-out single. Buster Posey and pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza added RBI singles in the fifth and sixth, respectively.


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