There are a handful of notable sluggers in the National League. There was one unsuspecting member of the San Francisco Giants that showed off his ability to clutch hit. The most impressive part is that he is not an everyday hitter.
Jeff Samardzija mostly plays a pitching role for the Giants. On Friday night, the right-hander did much more than just pitch. He it the ball as well, and he did a lot more than just reach base.
Samardzija appears to have a hidden talent, clutch hitting. He touched all the bases yesterday. He added a refreshing twist to the San Francisco Giants Friday night game by sending a baseball far into the stands for a home-run, according to Yahoo! Sports.
At 446 feet, it may have been among one of the furthest baseballs hit this season. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have had their fair-share of home-runs, but Samardzija was unique. First of all he is a pitcher, and secondly, he hit the longest home-run by a pitcher since the statcast ERA.
His Friday night blast marked just the third of his career, and first while sporting a San Francisco Giants uniform. If he has done it three times in total, there may be more to come. Considering the Giants struggling season, it was nice to experience something unusual by their pitcher.
Samardzija has had struggles of his own this season. He is not posting a 2.00 ERA with a hundred strikeouts, he has been inconsistent. The ball has been hit well off the Giants pitcher in 2017, and it is visual. He is posting a 4.81 ERA.
In 14 starts, he has walked away with a win on just two occasions. He enjoyed his Friday night home-run to the fullest. Typically when a bat flip is involved, there is at least one unhappy pitcher about it. Samardzija let the bat fly, and he was plenty happy on Friday.
With the help of some much-needed offense by their pitcher, the result of the Giants Friday game against the Rockies was still not positive. They were handed an ugly 8-10 loss by the Rockies, that are now going 44-26 on the season.
San Francisco declined to 26-43 on the season. In their past pair of games against Colorado, the Giants have been scoring runs, they just have been losing. They scored 17 runs in two games, unfortunately, the Rockies 19 was enough to beat them twice.
The Giants have now dropped four games in a row, and lost five of their past six. After a day of rest, the Giants will be their final game of their road trip series against Colorado tomorrow. San Francisco will be hoping to dig their way out of a four game skid.
Can the Giants end their losing streak? Does the Giants pitcher have a new-found power? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod