Thursday, September 29, 2016

11, 11, 11

For the third straight night, The Giants starter struck out 11. Matt Moore, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto -- first time that's happened in 41 years when Ed Halicki, Pete Falcone and John Montefusco each had double figure strikeouts.

This is the way to end the season - especially with the cheating Cards getting an undeserved vic tonight.

A remarkable game for Cueto, running full speed in the 6th and luring Arenado to make a stupid play -- throwing the ball into right field and letting in 2 runs. Here's the mlb recap --

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants got everything they needed Thursday night. They reclaimed some of their lost offense, received a strong performance from starter Johnny Cueto and recorded a much-needed victory with a 7-2 decision over the Colorado Rockies.
Cueto's deft bunt single and an accompanying throwing error by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado accounted for two runs in San Francisco's three-run, sixth-inning outburst that broke a 2-2 tie.
The outcome tightened the National League Wild Card race entering the regular season's final weekend. The idle New York Mets (85-74) continued to hold on to the first Wild Card spot, while the Giants (84-75) possess the second Wild Card berth, a game back of New York. The St. Louis Cardinals (83-76) remained a game behind the Giants with their controversial triumph over Cincinnati.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Small ball comes up big: Another key bunt besides Cueto's in the Giants' sixth-inning rally was laid down by Angel Pagan, who kept a roller fair up the third-base line. The Giants then loaded the bases on Joe Panik's grounder to first baseman Gerardo Parra, whose throw to third was too late to retire a sliding Brandon Crawford. Conor Gillaspie's sacrifice fly preceded Cueto's bunt.
Another solid swing: Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl has made his mark during a rough road trip. His first-inning triple off Cueto drove in the Rockies' second run and was his fourth extra-base hit of the trip. He also homered off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on Sunday and doubled in each of the first two games against the Giants.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Giants challenged a third-inning ruling at first base, where Daniel Descalso was declared safe on a pickoff attempt by Cueto. A video review confirmed that first baseman Brandon Belt indeed brushed his glove against Descalso before the Rockies baserunner made it back to the bag, and the call was overturned.

The Rockies' challenge, in hopes of getting an out that could have mitigated damage in the sixth, fizzled when a safe call -- Crawford sliding back to third to beat Rockies first baseman Parra's throw -- was ruled to stand after review. Parra had fielded Panik's bouncer.

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