Friday, August 19, 2016

Back in first

I hate the All-Star Game

Everything was going fine until that damn four-day break, then everything fell apart. Things were improving until last Sunday when Santiago Casilla gave up a 3-run homer with two out in the 9th to give the Orioles an 8-7 vic, which led to a sweep by the Pirates. In short, that was a rough month with the stupid dodgers moving into first as of Wednesday

The dodgers have since lost two and the Giants won two from the Mets. Here's the MLB recap.

SAN FRANCISCO -- For one of the few occasions since the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants looked like themselves again.
They played the brand of baseball Friday that suits their ballpark and their roster -- highlighted by pitching and defense -- in an 8-1 triumph over the New York Mets. Saddled with an 11-21 record since the break, San Francisco reclaimed first place in the National League West, a half-game ahead of Los Angeles.
Johnny Cueto (14-3), winless in six previous second-half starts, surrendered New York's lone run -- Curtis Granderson's homer -- and eight hits in seven innings. With the score tied, 1-1, the Giants launched a two-out rally in the seventh that featured RBI singles from pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza and Denard Span off reliever Jerry Blevins.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Flashing the leather: The Giants supported Cueto in the seventh inning with one of their finer defensive sequences of the season. Right fielder Hunter Pence deftly handled Granderson's leadoff fly, then raced into the right-center-field gap and left his feet to snare Asdrubal Cabrera's bid for extra bases. Eduardo Nunez, who is steadily adjusting to third base, ended the inning with a diving, backhanded stop of Rene Rivera's smash.
Baserunning blunder: The Mets appeared to be in prime position to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth, after Kelly Johnson hit a two-out single to right field with runners on first and second. Seth Lugo held at third base, but Jose Reyes apparently didn't catch the sign and rounded second. Reyes got caught in a rundown before Lugo took off for home. Eventually, Lugo was tagged out by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, wasting a scoring opportunity for New York.


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