Dicey Dyson: Giants need rookie to bail out new closer in 6-5 win over the Marlins

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–It’s not going to be easy. The Giants have too many injuries, inexperience in key places, too many moving parts to run over anybody. Wednesday’s narrow, heart-stopping 6-5 win over the Marlins was another example of that.

The Giants held a couple of enviable leads–5-1 after six innings and 6-3 after eight–but had to hold on when newly-anointed closer Sam Dyson gave up four hits and two runs in the ninth. But with the Curse of the Marlins on the doorstep, rookie Reyes Moronta struck out JB Shuck with two runners aboard to end it.

“Reyes has done some closing in the minor leagues and he’s got the equipment to do it,” manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants have won 9 of 11 at home, not enough success to counteract 18 losses in their last 25 road contests, but enough to keep them within four games of division-leading Arizona. But to make continued headway, the Giants will have to fill in the gaps like Moronta did Wednesday.

Hunter Pence and Derek Holland were the other key contributors early in the game, two guys that weren’t essentially included in the season’s original blueprint either. Pence delivered an RBI single, the third run in the Giants’ five-run sixth. Pence was hitting .174 with no home runs entering the at-bat.

Holland pitched six, strong innings before allowing hits to the first, two batters in the seventh. The 31-year old picked up the win, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out seven, while walking two.




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