Ty Blach, Brandon Belt, Christian Arroyo help Giants beat Dodgers

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May 17, 2017 - 2:46am
Ty Blach, Brandon Belt, Christian Arroyo help Giants beat Dodgers The Giants’ unexpected slow start to 2017 was attributed to all sorts of reasons, and somewhere high on the deficiency list was the lack of success in the No. 1 spot in the rotation. The Giants had been 0-8 in four games started by Bumgarner and four by his replacement, Ty Blach, who helped end the streak on a chilly Tuesday night with seven impressive innings during a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers. “We’ve had clutch hitting, guys coming through, phenomenal pitching — all of it is kind of coming together,” said rookie Christian Arroyo, who made several nice plays in his first big-league innings at second base. Belt connected in the fourth inning off Rich Hill, who seemed to stay clear of his persistent blister problems to get through five solid innings, keeping batters off balance with a barrage of curves while striking out six and walking none. The Giants broke the tie in the home half of the inning with Belt scoring again. Bumgarner and Blach certainly had pitched winnable games but often were derailed by a lack of offensive support, and Blach had only one awful start, a stinker in Cincinnati. Particularly against the Dodgers, giving up one run in 23 innings over four outings dating to last season. Hunter Strickland pitched a scoreless eighth despite giving up two hits, and Derek Law finished it in the ninth for his fourth save.


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