The Giants jump on the Cardinals in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLCS

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Things didn’t start well for John Lackey and the Cardinals this afternoon. After his offense went down 1-2-3 to start the first inning, Lackey didn’t fool anyone in the bottom of the inning. After getting two quick outs, this happened:

  • Buster Posey single;
  • Pablo Sandoval single;
  • Hunter Pence double, scoring Posey;
  • Brandon Belt intentional walk to load the bases; and
  • A Travis Ishikawa double that cleared the bases, making it 4-0 Giants.

The Ishikawa ball was absolutely tattooed. If it weren’t for a stiff wind blowing from right to left knocking it down, it would’ve been in the water. As it was it appeared to hit off the brick wall and right fielder Randal Grichuk had trouble playing the carom. Or it possibly just fell short of the wall and Grichuk couldn’t track it. It was hard to track live and then I missed the replay because, man, I got kids here.

One thing that is true, however, if that Lackey was visibly upset that the ball fell. Perhaps he was unaware that, you know, if you allow absolute blasts like that, it’s maybe bad form to blame your fielder for not bailing you out in tough conditions.

We’re heading into the bottom of the third and the Giants maintain their 4-0 lead.

 

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.