Updated: Aug 7
The San Francisco Giants fell sort of sweeping the Texas Rangers today, but their bats stayed hot as they head to Colorado. Jeff Samardzija tossed 5 2/3 innings with 1 walk and a strikeout apiece while giving up 5 runs on 7 hits. Hunter Pence finally got his first hit back with the club, a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 2nd inning. He scored on an Evan Longoria sacrifice fly as the trailed the Rangers 3-1. Brandon Crawford singled in the bottom of the 5th and went to 2nd on an Austin Slater ground out and then went to 3rd on a Wilmer Flores single. Texas pitcher Ian Gibaut threw a wild pitch as Flores went 2nd base and then Mike Yastrzemski grounded out to plate Crawford. Longoria led off the bottom of the 6th with his first homer on the year. Donovan Solano singled and after Pablo Sandoval lined out Chadwick Tromp hit his first career homer to tie the game at 5-5. San Francisco left 7 men in scoring position on the day and went 1-9 as a team trying to score them.
The Texas Rangers wanted to leave one part of the Bay Area and head to the other side of the Bay Bridge as happy campers. Joey Gallo singled to open the top of the 2nd and went to 2nd on a Nick Solak single. Scott Heineman wasn' finished after his home run last night. he doubled in Gall and Solak to put Texas up 2-0. Jeff Mathis singled in Heineman for his first RBI of the season. Isaiah Kiner-Falefa singled to start the top of the 5th and Shin-Soo Choo knocked his 2nd homer of the series into McCovey Cove giving Texas a 5-1 lead. Once the Giants tied the game at 5-5, Gabe Kapler used Andrew Triggs in relief, who has a 2.55 career ERA when the game is tied and owns the Rangers to a .155 batting average against them. Triggs walked the first three batters he saw and off a professional mound since 2018, and Willie Calhoun broke the tie with a sacrifice fly. Joey Gallo came up and put the game out of reach with a 3-run home run making it a 9-6 ballgame. He had 3 of the teams 9 hits on the day. Starter Kolby Allard pitched 4 innings and allowed 1 run off 2 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.