The Giants pulled one out. They beat those tough, tough Oakland Athletics in the final of their 4 game, home-and-away 2016 series by a score of 12 - 6.
Madison Bumgarner on the hill. He also hit, which, as it was in an American League ballpark, says a lot about the tattered state of the Giants right now. When this game started, my first thought was "OMG, our hopes lie with Ruben Tejada?" but then my second thought was "Madison better damn well not get himself hurt." Even that Pena guy is banged up. The Giants also brought up a River Cat named Grant Greene. So, 2 newbies and a rook for the G's.
Madison was not sharp. Fortunately, the Giants decided to do some offense tonight - they seem to do that about every other game and tonight there was enough so that the mighty A's couldn't overwhelm them. Madbum went 6 1/3 innings, threw 104 pitches, walked no one and struck out 4. He also gave up 4 runs, all earned, on 7 hits. The first of those came in the 1st inning, a solo shot to Marcus Semien (his 16th, so at least he is a legit hitter). The Giants came roaring back in the 3rd, initiated by Madbum's lead-off double. Then, a walk to Span, a single by Pagan and a ground rule double over the center field wall by Belt gave the Giants 2 runs. A homer by Posey made it 5 - 1 and a solo shot by Crawford made it 6 - 1. The Giants tacked on 2 in the 4th, rbi's by Pagan and Crawford. They seemed to know better than to think the bullpen could hold a 5 run lead. Good thing, too, as the swingin' A's scored 1 in the bottom of the 4th, then homered for 2 more in the 7th, the end of Madbum's night.
The Giants tacked on 4 more in the 9th on a Crawford single, 5 walks and a Belt single. The A's added 2 in the bottom of the 9th off of Derek Law, who is still very much a work in progress. So a sloppy game, again, but a victory this time. 9 more games against Arizona and Colorado before the All Star break. Arizona's been good to the Giants so far, maybe that can continue. They'll need the remaining core: Span, Angel, Posey, Belt and Craw, to continue to hit. The Giants have gone 3 - 4 in the last 7 games. Amazingly, LA in that time has picked up exactly 0 games (heh, heh).