Jeff Samardzija's success bright spot as Giants offense goes quiet

Jeff Samardzija's success bright spot as Giants offense goes quiet

In the Giants' frustrating series at Wrigley Field, at there was at least one clear bright spot -- Jeff Samardzija.

The Giants lost 1-0 to complete a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs, but to no fault of Samardzija. The former Cub showed the side of him that the Giants wanted when he was snagged in free agency back in 2015. 

He's just about cut last season's ERA in half, as he now boasts a sterling 3.44 ERA in 2019.

The Giants didn't play their best baseball during the recent road series, but that shouldn't take away from how Samardzija has been pitching.

“I think we missed an opportunity, but I don’t think it’s crippling,” Samardzija told reporters after the game, via Kerry Crowley of the Mercury News. “I think we’ve kind of shown here over the last couple of months that we can hang around and play some good ball and then we get hot.”

And July and August have been scorching for him.

In nine games, he's 5-2 and the Giants have compiled a 7-2 record in those games. Across 56 frames, he's boasted a 2.09 ERA and a minuscule 0.86 WHIP. And he's limiting batters to a .182/.235/.338 line.

Bochy has noticed it too. In the midst of his farewell tour -- the Cubs gifted him a No. 15 tile from the Wrigley Field wall to match his uniform number before the game -- he admitted it's been fun to watch what Samardzija has been doing.

“It’s a great story, isn’t it?” Bochy said. “What he’s done, how well he’s pitched, how consistent he’s been, it really is.”

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The Giants manager did wish the team could have done more, however.

"It's hard to pitch a better game than what `Shark' did today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a shame we couldn't find a way to win that one for him."

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Bruce Bochy seeks 2,000th win at Fenway Park


Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Bruce Bochy seeks 2,000th win at Fenway Park

The Giants play Game 2 of a three-game series at historic Fenway Park after an evening of events that even a movie script couldn't duplicate.

Mike Yastrzemski homered in the Giants' 7-6, 15-inning win on Tuesday night over the Red Sox, rounding the bases on the same field as his Hall of Fame grandfather. The teams also used a combined 24 pitchers to tie an MLB record

Jeff Samardzija will take the mound as Giants manager Bruce Bochy seeks his 2,000th career win. The Shark will face Boston for the first time since 2015 and is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the squad. 

On the other side of the ball, Jhoulys Chacin will face a Giants lineup that he has he has fared well against. He has gone 9-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts against San Francisco.

And yes, Grandpa Yaz should be in the stands on Wednesday night.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (73-78)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Alex Dickerson
DH Stephen Vogt
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Cristhian Adames
2B Mauricio Dubon
C Aramis Garcia
RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-12, 3.72 ERA)

Boston Red Sox (79-71)
LF Andrew Benintendi
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH Christian Vazquez
RF Brock Holt
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2B Marco Hernandez
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.44 ERA)

Mike Yastrzemski explains how special it is to play at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski explains how special it is to play at Fenway Park

"Everybody dreams about going home and playing in front of their hometown."

When Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski stepped on to the field at Fenway Park last night, he was home.

But it was more than just a place he grew up. He was back where it all started for his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. But now it was Mike's turn to put on a show in front of Boston Red Sox fans.

Sure, it's a story you've heard repeated many times, but it's one that needs to be told. 

"I grew up as a diehard Red Sox fan, just like every kid growing up here," Mike said in an interview posted by the Giants.

Mike knew it was a special moment, but not just for him -- one for everyone who watched his grandfather play during his 23-year career. And he was happy to take advantage of it. 

"You never know if it'll happen again."

The media scrum engulfed the 29-year-old who took questions from the dugout. Then the two were reunited, walking along the field that witnessed the entirety of Carl's career.

MLB Network's Peter Gammons also spoke to Carl and Mike, and Carl compared seeing his grandson play at Fenway that of his 1967 season. The same season where Carl hit for the Triple Crown and led the league in multiple other categories including on-base percentage (.418), slugging (.622) and OPS (1.040). He also earned an All-Star selection, his sole MVP honor and a Gold Glove Award.  

Carl was thrilled knowing the Yastrzemski name would be announced at the park that night. And Mike knew the responsibilities it takes carrying that name.  

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"To be able to share an experience like this is special."

When it was time for Mike to take his first at-bat at Fenway of his professional career, he rightfully received a standing ovation and would later hit a home run. 

It was then we were reminded just how beautiful this game is.