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Diamondbacks sneak up on Giants

There’s a sports bar in downtown Portland that has a ticker running along the windows to display scores and news from around the wide, wide world of sports. As I happened to ride past on my bike today, the fragment crawling along the ticker read, “Samardzija has allowed 11 first-inning runs…” The Giants and especially Jeff Samardzija’s struggles in the first inning have become such an oddity that this bar needs to broadcast this information to people walking by who probably couldn’t care less about baseball. If anyone but me took the time to read that, their only impression of 2019 Samardzija is that he’s very bad.