Fear the Beard, Straily and Marlins sink Giants 6-1

July 7, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily, center, is removed during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, July 7, 2017, in San Francisco. Miami won 6-1. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-After a 3-2 road trip thru Pittsburgh and Detroit, you would think that the San Francisco Giants would continue that positive road trip at home; however, that did not happen.

Giancarlo Stanton hit an opposite field two-run home run in the top of the first inning, helping the Miami Marlins to a 6-1 victory over the Giants before a crowd of 41,510 the 528th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

Dee Gordon led off the top of the first with a single off of Matt Moore, and Stanton planted a Matt Moore into the right field bleachers for his 24th home run of the season.

That two-run home run by Stanton was just the tip of the iceberg for runs and hits for the Marlins in the opening frame.

After Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna each flew out to Denard Span in centerfield, the flood gates opened for the Marlins against Moore, as they added two more runs on four consecutive singles before the Giants even came to bat for the first time.

It turned out to be a huge night for Gordon, who picked up four hit in five at-bats against Giants pitching on the evening.

Moore lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on 12 hits, not walking a batter and striking out one, as his record on the season fell to 3-9.

On the other side of the diamond, it was a great night on the mound for former Oakland A’s starter Dan Straily, who went 8.1 innings, allowing one run on just four hits, while walking no one and striking out three. With the victory, Straily improved his record to 7-4 on the season.

Denard Span broke up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning, as he hit a solo home run that landed into McCovey Cove. It was the 74th Splash Hit by a Giants player since the park opened on April 11, 2000.

The Marlins added another run in the top of the second, as Justin Bour drove in Gordon, who singled to lead off the inning for the second inning in a row.

Joe Panik picked up the Giants first hit in the bottom of the first, but that was it for the bottom of the first.

Brandon Belt led off the bottom of the second inning with a Texas Leaguer down the third base line; however, Belt was thrown out at second base by Marlins third baseman Martin Prado, as he tried to stretch the single into a double.

J.T. Realmuto added a solo home run off of Gearrin in the top of the fifth inning.

NOTES: Jeff Samardzija looks to get the Giants back on their winning ways, as he takes the mound for the final time before the All-Star break. While Don Mattingly will send Chris O’ Grady to the mound, as the left-hander makes his major-league debut.

O’ Grady was 3-5 with a 3.29 earned run average with 15 walks and 54 strikeouts this season. The Marlins signed him to a minor-league contract on May 6.

The Giants recalled Miguel Gomez from Double-A Richmond, and he made his major-league debut as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth inning and flew out to Stanton in right field.

To make room for Gomez on the roster, pitcher Chris Stratton was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

Ryder Jones was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 4 with a right wrist contusion, and Conor Gillaspie was reinstated from his rehabilitation assignment with Sacramento.

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