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On a blazing hot afternoon in August, Dylan Bundy went up against Angels legend Trevor Cahill who is now pitching for the Giants. Based on the odds, the Angels were clear favorites going into this game. Then Mike Yastrzemski led off the game with a homer to right and dampened my expectations a bit. Dylan Bundy was able to get the next three batters out to contain the damage. The very fact that there was damage to contain did not bode well. It was 99 degrees with the wind blowing out to center. Tommy La Stella promptly came up and showed us that it is home run derby day.
Pablo Sandoval, the Giants’ Designated Hitter, also joined the home run derby. He placed the Giants back up by two runs in the second inning. The Angels, for their part, squandered a second inning opportunity to retake the lead when they got two men on with no outs. They failed to score a run.
Dylan Bundy entered the game with a 0.63 WHIP. That stat took a serious beating today as he averaged at least one walk and one hit per inning through the first four innings. Jacob Barnes pitched in the fifth inning and, of course, walked his first batter and hit Evan Longoria before giving up a two run double to Brandon Crawford. Yikes! The Giants led by five runs.
On a positive note, Jaime Barria pitched relatively well out of the bullpen today. He gave up only 1 hit and one walk in four innings while striking out four. The wheels came off in the ninth inning, though, when he gave up back to back to back doubles to Brandon Belt, Evan Longoria, and Pablo Sandoval which gave the Giants a seven run lead. The Angels got a second run in the ninth inning but it was not enough.