Straily shuts down Giants for win

July 8th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Marlins pounded Giants pitching early, and starter Dan Straily pitched another gem en route to a 6-1 win Friday night at AT&T Park.
Straily went 8 1/3 innings -- a career high -- to pick up his second straight win, with the only damage a homer to in the ninth. He gave up four hits and didn't walk anyone while striking out three on 113 pitches.
"I felt stronger as the game kept going," Straily said. "I definitely didn't feel great in the first -- just trying to feel the ball and find the zone. … We were kind of joking around a little bit. I told J.T. [Realmuto] I can't strike anyone out tonight. I hope they just keep popping them up. And they continued, so I kept working."
The Marlins tagged Giants starter Matt Moore for four runs and six hits in the first, including a opposite-field, two-run homer to National League All-Star and T-Mobile Home Run Derby participant . Shortstop JT Riddle added a two-run single later in the inning, and tacked on an RBI single in the second against Moore, who finished the night allowing five runs and tying his career high with 12 hits surrendered in 3 1/3 innings.

"He threw a lot of strikes, almost too much. He was wild in the strike zone," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He got ahead in the count; he just had trouble with the putaway pitches. He made some mistakes there when he was in a good count. Just one of those nights where it wasn't going well for him, but he was actually pounding the strike zone well. He just didn't expand when he needed to."
Realmuto added a solo homer in the fifth, giving the Marlins 100 homers on the year, just the fourth time the Marlins have hit 100 or more homers in the first half.

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Riddle rakes it in: When it appeared as if Moore would escape the first inning after collecting two flyouts, the Marlins tallied four consecutive singles to pour in two more runs. Riddle singled on an 0-1 knuckle-curve offering to score and Bour.
"Mistakes, he'll tell you that," Bochy said of Moore. "He wasn't quite getting the ball where he wanted in the strike zone. He was close to getting out of that with two runs, and they ended up getting a pretty big number up there."

"It sucked and it was fun. I just wanted to finish it. If you can have a bitter taste in your mouth after the outing I just had, it's that right there. Just have to keep chasing perfection." -- Straily, on exiting during the ninth inning
"When I get ahead, I'm not finishing hitters very often. I think left-handers are having way too easy of a time with me. Being left-handed myself, those have got to be my outs. My walk rate has been a pretty big deal for me, [even though] today it wasn't. Between those two or three things, that's probably where the bulk of my issues are coming from." -- Moore, on his first-half struggles
Stanton's homer was the first from a right-handed hitter to right field at AT&T Park since hit an inside-the-park homer on Oct. 3, 2015. It's the first to clear the brick wall since July 10, 2015, when hit a grand slam. There have only been 42 homers to right field at AT&T Park since the ballpark opened in 2000, according to Stats LLC.
In the fourth, the Marlins successfully challenged a call that the Giants had thrown out at first. He was awarded an infield single after a video review.

Marlins: Making his Major League debut, takes the mound for Miami in Saturday's 10:05 p.m. ET game. Many friends and family will be on hand to watch the 27-year-old left-hander, who had allowed five runs (three earned) in his last 30 innings before his promotion.
Giants: The Giants will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija (4-9, 5.54) to the mound for Saturday's 7:05 p.m. PT contest. Samardzija hasn't issued a walk in his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.
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