Despite the hot bats that earned them back-to-back wins for the first time in over a month, the San Francisco Giants were unable to claim the series against the visiting New York Mets. Their hold over the NL West is once again lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the pressure is on to take it back as the Giants prepare to take them on in a critical three-game road series.
“We’re getting down to the stretch run,” said Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy, postgame. “That’s how you have to look at it. Sure, it’s not going to determine what happens but it’s an important series and the one after that is going to be important too.”
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija got another loss for the season, even though his stuff was the best we’ve seen since early July. He went for three hits, two runs and a 2.57 ERA in seven innings. In fact, Samardzija held his own rather nicely against Mets’ ace Noah Syndergaard. But a late two-run homer at the hands of Yoenis Cespedes in the top of the seventh gave the Mets the lead and the game.
“He’s throwing the ball well I said that before the game,” said Bochy on Samardzija. “I like where he’s at and he carried them for today’s game. He pitched his heart out and brought in a hot hitter it wasn’t even about the pitch…just great pitching effort by him. He did a terrific job and gave us a chance against one of the best.”
The Giants lost 2-0.
“It was tough giving up that hit and that homer,” said Samardzija. “I threw the ball well just a couple pitches…they put a good swing on it.”
The Giants now have a 68-56 record and trail the Dodgers by half a game with 38 games left in regular season.
“It’s a pretty simple game,” continued Bochy. “You need to pitch well catch the ball and hit timely hits that’s not gonna change. And I do think we’re playing better we’re swinging the bats better. If we keep doing what I think we’re gonna do we’ll be fine.”