Arroyo wins it with a home run finally puts SF in the win column 4-3

April 28, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Christian Arroyo celebrates after hitting a home run off San Diego Padres’ Ryan Buchter during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 28, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-What a first five days in the major leagues for newest San Francisco Giants player Christian Arroyo.

The week started on Monday, where he was in the lineup versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, got his first big league hit off of Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday, hit his first major league home run on Wednesday, picked up his first multi-hit game on Thursday and to end the first five days, Arroyo won the game.

Arroyo hit a solo home run off of Ryan Buchter to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3 before a crowd of 41,436, the 501st consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

The home run by Arroyo made a winner out of Derek Law, who won for the third time on the season.

In just one inning of work, Law struck out one and gave up one hit before giving way to Mark Melancon, who pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

Jeff Samardzija pitched the first seven innings for the Giants, allowing three runs on just four hits, walking just one and striking out five.

Samardzija did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth inning, when Ryan Schimpf took a Samardzija pitch and planted it over the center-field wall to tie the game. Just prior to the Schimpf home run, Samardzija hit Yangervis Solarte for the second consecutive at-bat.

The Giants got to Luis Perdomo in the first inning, as Joe Panik got the ball rolling with a single up the middle, the Brandon Belt hit an opposite field single. After both Hunter Pence and Michael Morse were unable to get Panik or Belt across the plate, Arroyo reached on a fielding error by Erick Aybar to score Panik with the first run of the game.

Following the Aybar error, Conor Gillaspie singled up the middle to score Belt to give the Giants their second run of the inning.

The Padres took the lead in the top of the fifth inning, as Cory Spagenberg singled to left field following Schimpf’s home run; however, Brandon Belt was unable to field the ball cleanly and Spangenberg advanced to third base on the two-base fielding error. Austin Hedges then singled in Spangenberg to give the Padres their first lead of the evening.

Morse was able to tie up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly to Jabari Blash in right field to score Belt from third base. Belt doubled to lead off the inning, went to third on a Perdomo wild pitch with Pence at the plate.

NOTES: Matt Cain takes the mound on Saturday night, as he looks for his third win of the season, while the Padres will send Jhoulys Chacin to the hill.

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