Braves Kemp takes Gearrin deep for 11th inning walk off Giants back to their losing ways 5-3

June 21, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Atlanta Braves left fielder Matt Kemp (27) is doused after hitting a two-run walk-off home run against the San Francisco Giants during the 11th inning of a baseball game early Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-3. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By Jeremy Harness

 Here’s how bad things have gone for the Giants this year. On the rare day that Jeff Samardzija has a quality outing for the Giants – which he did on Wednesday – his teammates find a way to not make it stand up.

 Samardzija has undoubtedly had his share of struggles this year, but he managed to put all of that to the side Wednesday, as he threw seven innings of six-hit, three-run ball at the Atlanta Braves. He also did not walk a single batter while striking out eight of them, giving his change a chance to win for the first time in a while.

 However, it was not meant to be. But really, how many times have we said that this season?

 First of all, the Giants could not support him with any offense, as he left the game trailing 3-1. Braves starter Sean Newcomb, Samardzija’s counterpart, gave up only a run on three hits, discovering the holes in the Giants’ bats that so many other teams have found this year.

 The Giants’ however, mounted a comeback on Atlanta’s bullpen. They scored a run in the eighth against Arodys Vizcaino to narrow the lead to a single run, and then tied the game in the ninth off closer Jim Johnson, whom A’s fans remember not-so-fondly, as Hunter Pence launched a solo homer over the center-field wall.

 The Giants went quietly in the 10th and 11th innings, and the Braves’ bats struck one last time. This time, Cody Gearrin was the victim, as former Dodger and Padre Matt Kemp tagged him for a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th to send the Giants to a 5-3 loss Wednesday night.

 The Giants have now lost 10 of their last 12 games, meaning that it is probably about the time that the team may think about waving the white flag on their disintegrating season, thus turning them into likely sellers at the trade deadline when they have grown accustomed to being buyers.

 They have one more game to play in Atlanta, to be played Thursday night, before they head back to AT&T Park for a three-game series with the New York Mets before they welcome the Colorado Rockies for a three-gamer immediately following that series.

 

To no one’s surprise, the Giants currently sit in last place in the National League West, as they are 2 ½ games behind the San Diego Padres with a 27-47 record. They currently own the second-worst record in the majors, with the Philadelphia Phillies bringing it up the rear with a 22-48 mark.

 

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