Jake is taking his 0 and 1 record to the office today facing Archie Bradley for Arizona. Hoping Jake can lower his ERA which is setting at an unhealthy 10.00 at the opening of this addition of the blog.
**Top of 1st – Jake working well so far but it is the defense that is really giving me fits, they need to back Jake up better. The keys to Jake getting a win is the offense firing and how well can Jake finish off his pitch selection tonight.Jake hits a batter. The pond is loaded. Giants got the force but a run scores, 1 to 0 D Backs
**Top of 2nd – Got the force at 2nd. finally a good inning.
**Bottom of 2 and jake at the plate – Jake with a shot up the middle to help his cause. Pagan with a double getting Jake to 3rd. Jake home on a wild pitch to tie the game 1 all. Span with an RBI single to give Jake the lead 2 to 1.
**Top of 3rd – With the lead, the defense needs to hold this lead for Jake. Jake found his slider and it is working, Second strike out closes the inning. 3 innings worked and Jake has dropped his ERA to 8.25
**Top of 4th – Jake was sailing well but the D Backs take a homer and its a 2 all ball game. Pitch count at 56. Nice snag by Crawford to close the inning.
**Bottom of 4th – Jake at the plate.
**Bottom of 5th – Pond is loaded, fingers crossed they can get Jake some insurance. Jake to the plate, Posey home on Jake getting a free pass to 1st,(first RBI) its 4 to 2 Giants and the pond is still full. Pagan with a single to right belt and Crawford are both home for a 6 to 2 Giants lead.
**Top of 6th – 75 pitch count for Jake, A triple cuts Jake’s lead to 6 to 3. Jake has been sent to the showers, only 78 pitches thrown today. D backs cut the lead to 6 to 4.
**Top of 8th – Arizona with runners on 1st and 2nd, bases loaded, D-backs cut the lead to 6 to 5 on a Sac Fly, another sac fly ties the game at 6 all.
**Bottom of 8th – Span with a triple to open the inning. On a wild pitch, the Giants take the lead back 7 to 6,
**Top of 9th – Arizona homers to tie the score at 7 a piece.
**Top of 11th – Arizona takes the lead 9 to 7
**Bottom of 11th – Posey with a single.
**FINAL Giants 7 and Arizona 9
**Jake’s stats for tonight: He pitched 5 innings allowing, 7 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 strikeouts with 1 home run. Only managed to shave 1.00 off his ERA down to 9.00
Should see Jake again on Sunday the 24th