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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Giants’ Jeff Samardzija has ‘evolved’ in midst of dominant stretch

Jeff Samardzija has been on a roll ever since the calendar flipped from June to July, and the Giants right-hander kept that momentum going in his second start of August.

In the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday, Samardzija matched a season high by completing eight innings. He also allowed just two hits and one earned run, didn’t walk any batters and struck out five along the way at Oracle Park.

With Samardzija at 103 pitches, Giants manager Bruce Bochy went to closer Will Smith to record the final three outs, preventing his starter from picking up his first complete game of the season.

“No, we had Smitty ready,” Bochy told reporters when asked if he thought about letting Samardzija have the ninth inning. “It was a pretty good day’s work. Eight innings, little warm out there.

Small Sample Size Playhouse at work, or a sign that the Giants Magic Pixie Dust (TM) that worked so well at the start of the decade has come back?

 

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