Saturday, June 18, 2016

I can spell Samardzija

The Giants are now 9-5 in his starts. That's pretty good for No. 3 pitcher in the rotation. 

The good guys are 16 over .500, 42-26. That equates to 100-62 season.

McCovery Chronicles has a recap, mentioning the hot hitting by Belt. 

Nice recap by Jen Mac Ramos --


 
When playing at a place like the Trop against one Tampa Bay Rays, one must not look away, because that’s how baseballs could get lost in the silver metallic dome¹.
No baseballs were lost in the dome this time, but some baseballs (or rather, a baseball) were hit into the stands² and it landed fair.
The runs were there for the Giants, hallelujah. Brandon Belt doesn’t seem to let baseballs hitting appendages get in the way of him hitting a baseball for a home run. That’s just what Belt does. And when he does it, it’s joyous.
Belt scored two runs this evening, going 2-for-3 and raising his average to .306. That’s pretty swell.
Jeff Samardzija nearly pitched a shutout. And he would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for that pesky Brad Miller. Two out, none on, bottom of the ninth. Though, to be fair, Samardzija was at around 110 pitches. One run is not the end of the world when you’ve got a four run lead.
The Giants are now 9-5 in Samardzija starts. That’s not too shabby at all, I’d say.
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In a moment of humanity, though: The Rays wore Orlando Rays caps today, their old Double-A team in, well, Orlando. They did this in honor and in tribute to the city of Orlando and those lost in and those who survived the recent attack on the LGBTQ community and the community of Orlando.
Rob Manfred said, in a video shown prior to the game, “The LGBT community is part of the baseball community.” And in June, which is known as Pride Month, after an attack like that, on the team’s Pride Night, those words mean a lot to those in the stands, watching at home, listening on the radio. That even as they may be threatened in the world, there’s a space for LGBTQ-identifying fans in baseball.
And as baseball goes on, we remember that we can still seek solace in a game that’s there, from April to September—October, if they make it that far—and for 162 games a season. And as baseball fans, we are brought together, through tragedy, through triumphs, with a love of the game in front of us.

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