Thursday, February 09, 2017

Giants Eliminate Phillies

The San Francisco Giants used strong pitching and timely hitting to knock off the second seeded Philadelphia Philies in five games.  A recap of the series:

GAME 1:  SF 3, PHIL 1 (10) - The Giants got to Phillies reliever Mark Melancon in the 10th as Chisenhall and Coughlan hit RBI singles.  Zach Duke got the win in relief and Craig Kimbrel pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the victory.

GAME 2:   PHIL 2, SF 1 (11) – Another extra inning contest as (after two were out) Kevin Kiermaier tripled and then Eric Hosmer got the walk off game winning hit.  Good pitching matchup in this one as Philadelphia’s Cory Kluber faced the Giants’ Zack Greinke but both pitchers were long gone by the time the game finished in the 11th.  Melancon gets the “W” and Kimbrel records the loss.

GAME 3:   SF 4, PHIL 2  – Giants’ catcher Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer off R. A. Dickey in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie.  Kimbrel gets his second save in the series by pitching a scoreless ninth.

GAME 4:  SF 7, PHIL 1  – Very strange line score for the Giants as they score 7 runs off just 2 hits.  But, the Phils gave up seven walks, an error and a hit batsman which allowed San Francisco to get the win.  Tanner Roark pitched 6+ shutout innings to defeat Phillies pitcher Scott Feldman.  Giants are now up 3 games to 1.

GAME 5:  SF 6, PHIL 5 – San Francisco’s Adam Wainwright outpitched Michael Wacha as the Giants eliminate the Phillies.  Puig, Castro and Dozier all hit homers off Wacha to pave the way for the series clinching win.  Craig Kimbrel earned his third save in the series by pitching another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 9th.  San Francisco now faces the winner of the Oakland Boston series.

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