San Francisco Giants 3 Up, 3 Down: Weird Weekend in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 13: Chris Stratton
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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 11: The tarp is on the field for a rain delay before the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on August 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /


1 – Mother Nature

This was not a good series for sleep schedules. Things started well enough, with the Giants getting an off-day on Thursday before Friday’s scheduled series opener, but Mother Nature was uncooperative. The rain fell heavy Friday night, and the game was finally called after 10 PM in Washington, D.C.

Saturday’s game was delayed for about three hours, and first pitch didn’t come until after 10. It was Sunday by the time the first game of the series was complete, and they had to play a pair after a short night’s sleep. When all was said and done, the Giants and Nationals played 29 innings of baseball in a little over 24 hours. Luckily for Washington, they have a day off on Monday. The Giants aren’t so lucky. They’re on a plane to Miami and back on the field Monday night.

2 – Golden

The Giants are a team that doesn’t strike out a lot, so for the most part, they’ve been able to avoid the golden sombrero this year. In the first 117 games of the season, only twice had a Giant struck out four times in a single game (Brandon Belt on April 30th, Christian Arroyo on May 8th). They doubled that total on Sunday.

Jarrett Parker wore the sombrero in the first game, going hitless in five at-bats with four punchouts. It was a rough series for Parker, who came off the disabled list on fire. He picked up a hit in the first at-bat of the set, but went without another hit over the next 12 at-bats, including seven strikeouts.

In the series finale, it was Tomlinson’s turn. He made his way to the plate four times, and walked back to the dugout with bat in hand four times. Tomlinson entered the game having struck out multiple times in a game only once this season.

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3 – More Bad Luck

Mother Nature, getting hit in the face on plays at the plate, bloops just finding grass. If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Giants would have no luck at all. What’s next, flight delayed?