Giants behind Blach’s pitching and hitting, crush the A’s 11-2 and earn a split the four-game series

August 3, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

San Francisco Giants’ Ty Blach, left, is congratulated by third base coach Phil Nevin (16) after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

by Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO– The San Francisco Giants pounded the A’s Thursday night winning the game 11-2. Kendall Graveman, the A’s starter, came off the 10-day DL and made his first start since May 19th. Graveman did not pitch well as he lasted just two innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits. The Giants’ starter, Ty Blach, handled the A’s quite easily. Not only did Blach pitch well, but he also hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning. It was the first three-run homer hit by a Giants at home this season.

The A’s Kendall Graveman had a very rocky first inning. The Giants sent eight men to the plate as they scored four times on five hits. With one out, Ryder Jones singled. Brandon Belt doubled to send  Jones to third. Buster Posey singled to drive in Jones with the Giants’ first run. Brandon Crawford singled to drive in Belt. Graveman retired Hunter Pence for the second out but gave up a double to Jarrett Parker that plated Posey and Crawford to give the Giants a 4-0 lead after one inning of play.

The Giants continued to treat Graveman as if it was batting practice.  Denard Span started the rally going in the second with a  leadoff double. Ryder Jones singled to drive in Span. It was Jones’ second hit of the game. Brandon Belt followed with his eighteenth homer of the year to give the Giants a commanding 7-0 lead.

The A’s put one on the board in the fourth. Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis singled to put men on at first and second with no out. Healy popped out, and Blach struck out Chad Pinder looking. Matt Chapman, with the count 3-2 and Lowrie and Davis running on the pitch, blooped a single to right. Lowrie scored, but Davis was not able to score. Blach retired Bruce Maxwell to end the inning.

The Giants continued the rout as they scored four times in the fifth to blow open the game. Chris Smith was on the hill for Oakland. He retired the first two hitters. However, the Giants scored a run on back to back doubles by Pence and Parker. The A’s issued Joe Panik his second intentional walk of the night to pitch to Ty Blach. The strategy backfired as Blach unloaded his first home run of his career. The ball was hit over the 399-foot marker in center field.The Giants’s fans were ecstatic as the the guys in Orange and Black were pounding the A’s 11-1 with four more innings to go.

The A’s Rajai Davis hit a solo homer in the eighth to make it an 11-2 game.  Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy removed Blach after the eighth inning, and he replaced him with Cory Gearrin.  Gearrin was able to retire the A’s in the ninth to preserve the win for the Giants and Ty Blach. The Giants win 11-2, and Tony Bennett serenaded the crowd with his famous rendition of “I left my heart in San Francisco.” as the fans headed home.

Game Notes- The Giants’ had lots of highlights in the game. Jarrett Parker just off the 60-day DL had two doubles and a single and drove in three runs. Ryder Jones just recalled from Sacramento, singled his first two plate appearances. Brandon Belt had a double and a home run. The star of the game was Ty Blach. Blach went eight innings and allowed two runs and just six hits. Blach also hit a three-run homer.

Bob Melvin didn’t have much to say about Graveman’s performance other than this:”his velocity was down.”

The A’s Rajai Davis hit a solo homer in the eighth, and Simon Castro retired all six hitters he faced in his two innings of work. Chris Smith pitched the last four innings of the game for the A’s.

The A’s travel to LA to play a three-game series with the Angels starting on Friday. Jharel Cotton will go for Oakland, and Troy Scribner will pitch for LA.

Time of game was two hours and thirty-eight minutes and 39,883 fans were on hand to see the Giants split the four game series with the A’s

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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