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Bruce Bochy Ejection Inspires San Francisco Giants’ Victory

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We all know the San Francisco Giants are seemingly hanging by a threat thanks to an injury-ravaged lineup. But despite the absence of impact players, the Giants hold the best record in baseball at 55-33 as they continue a three-game home stand against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Eager to keep the distance between themselves and the Los Angeles Dodgers who stand second in the NL West with a 49-40 record, the inter-division series against the Diamondbacks is a must-win for the Giants. Over the past few weeks, it has become a habit of the Giants to give up easy games, as they seem unable to hold on defense.

And such was the case on Friday July 8th when right-hander Jeff Samardzija’s first pitch of the game was a lead off homer to Jean Segura. Samardzija later hit Segura with a pitch to the elbow in the second inning, and gave up one more run.

While it’s hoped that Samardzija’s hit was accidental, it didn’t prevent Diamonbacks’ pitcher Patrick Corbin from retaliating against Giants’ Buster Posey. Corbin threw two consecutive high fastballs at Posey’s back, which caused Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy to argue with umpire Quinn Wolcott. Bochy was ejected in the bottom of the second.

“I understand they’re not happy their guy got hit but I can’t have Buster being a target,” said Bochy postgame. “They threw once at him. Throws another one and it’s up high at his back…that’s enough. I’d had enough of it, I mean that’s when guys get hurt.”

Rather than fight it out in a full-on brawl, the Giants took the opportunity to avenge Bochy by coming back with seven runs. Two of which were from Brandon Crawford’s two-run homer immediately following Bocy’s ejection to tie the game.

“Good comeback – Crawford that’s big,” said Bochy. “With all that was happening you’re down two runs. And probably as important as Crawford’s home run was Samardzija. He came back and pitched a great game regrouped and pitched well…Good effort by the guys good bounce back.”

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