Moore Takes the Mound in San Francisco Giants’ Win

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants have made improvements since their last road trip. Joe Panik and Hunter Pence both came off the DL, which gave the Giants the spark they’ve been lacking since the All-Star break. They were able to tie the four-game home series against the visiting Washington Nationals.

The Giants also acquired starting right-hander Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for third baseman Matt Duffy. Offseason additions of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija have been critical to bullpen achievements of this season. However, the bottom of the rotation has struggled since season start, with high numbers and staying healthy.

Moore made his debut with the Giants on Thursday August 4th against the Philadelphia Phillies. He gave up two runs three hits and six walks while going for seven strikeouts in six innings.

The Giants won the game 3-2 in extra innings off of Denard Span’s homer in the top of the 10th.

“There’s never a time when you don’t need a win,” said Moore. “I’m happy enough I was able to keep us in the game. Giving up the lead twice is not what you want to do, but these guys are tough and came back. I get the vibe that something good is about to happen. Some of the conversations I’ve had with some of the everyday guys, they know it’s going to happen. They believe it. They believe it. I don’t see that panic or that urgency that can come over you. They just know something good is about to go their way.”

Despite their midseason rut, the Giants still hold the NL West by a 62-46 record and two games over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants continue with the Phillies in two games before continuing the east coast series against the Miami Marlins.

“I mean, it’s August, so now or never,” said Span. “We needed this one. This Phillies team played us tough all year. They keep fighting, and the first two games, we had opportunities to win. It’s big to come out of here with at least one.”

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