Regular season is winding down, which means the San Francisco Giants can’t afford any more mediocrity. Thankfully the bats have been alive in their recent wins over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday and Friday nights. Players like Buster Posey have been lighting up the offense for the first time since they returned to AT&T Park earlier this week.
The Giants are looking to secure their third straight win, and hope to claim the series before they hit the road to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a critical inter-division series. There’s no denying a four-game win streak could work wonders for morale, just in time to take on the NL West first-place holders.
“It’s exciting it’s September – it’s September baseball,” said Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy pregame. “This is what you play for your start in spring training now we’re here and I think these guys are excited about what’s happening.”
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will take the mound in hopes of closing the series on a high note, and getting his 15th win of the season. He’s pitched for a 4.07 ERA since season start. Despite Samardzija’s underwhelming last appearance on the mound against the San Diego Padres, Bochy doesn’t seem too worried.
“Sure it looks good the last two nights when we’re hitting and scoring runs,” said Bochy. “Against San Diego…we got shut down so that’s part of it but these guys are fine, they’re good. They’re lively they’re ready to go, the tempo and spirit they’ve been playing with I’ve been pleased with throughout all these struggles.”
Bochy actually plans to rest Posey in preparation for the road – despite the homer and four RBIs he managed last night.
“He’s been out there every day but he’ll be off tomorrow,” said Bochy. “We still have a lot of consecutive games going here I don’t want to wear him down and not have him available the next two-three series’, those are all big too.”