Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Sam Dyson to the rescue

The Giants are now 34-52 
It looks pretty awful but consider that it was 27-51 a week ago and the Giants record looks a lot better than it was. They just beat the Tigers in Detroit - Sam Dyson got his third save in five games. He needed seven pitches to do a 1-2-3 ninth and preserve a 5-4 win for the Good Guys.

The bullpen is where the Giants fell apart last year so it's heartening to see something finally go right in that area. I've been wondering if Dave Rightetti had lost his touch....

Here's the coverage -

DETROIT -- Hunter Pence drove in three runs, two of them on a fourth-inning triple, as the Giants built a lead that withstood a furious Tigers comeback for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
A day after the Tigers rallied late to take the series opener, they nearly topped that feat, coming within a hit of erasing a 5-0 deficit in the seventh inning. But the Giants' bullpen held onto the advantage built against Daniel Norris (4-7), who gave up five runs in defeat for the third consecutive start, and was chased by the fifth for his second straight outing.
Ty Blach (6-5) took a shutout bid into the seventh before a procession of four relievers tried to extinguish the Tigers' rally. Victor Martinez had a two-run single as part of four consecutive hits to open the inning, then hit an eighth-inning double to bring the potential tying run back into scoring position with two out before Mikie Mahtook struck out to end the frame.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Three-Pence bit: Pence drove in the game's first run on a comebacker that left Norris shaken and unsure whether to throw home for what looked like an easier play. Pence's fourth-inning drive to the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center, by contrast, left little confusion about the outcome, clearing runners from the corners and building a 5-0 lead after Brandon Belt's RBI single. It's just the fourth triple for Pence since 2015.


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