The SF Giants hosted Polynesian Heritage Night against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week on Orange Friday in the second game of a four game series.Special event festivities started at 5pm in Seals Plaza, which included Island Music from Pacific Vibes (OZCAT Radio 89.5FM), a Polynesian instrumental, two Polynesian group performances (Kaulana Na Pua O Hawaii and Faatasi), Hawaiian eats from Boardwalk Eats, and an area to pick up a limited edition SF Giants Hawaiian lei t-shirt.
On the field two Bay Area Polynesian groups performed independently of each other along the first and the third baselines. The eldest group started their routine first, then followed up with the younger group and Lou Seal trying join in on the final performance.
Pitching for the Giants was Madison Bumgarner and Charlie Morton for the Pirates. The Giants scored first in the bottom of the 4th when Roger Kieschnick batted in Buster Posey. This one run would be the only scoring that the Giants would do that night. Morton ended his night throwing 7.2 innings, and allowed for only one run.
Bumgarner who pitched 8 quality innings, faced some trouble in the top of the 7th Inning when he allowed for two straight singles to Gaby Sanchez and Josh Harrison. Neil Walker sacrifice bunted and allowed both Pirates on base to advance to scoring position. Then on a 1-1 pitch from Bumgarner, Clint Barmes hit a 3-run home run to the left field bleachers. This would be the only scoring that Pirates needed to get to seal the deal on the Giants.
It seems like the Giants have been fighting an uphill battle ever since winning the World Series last year, but the positive energy is still with the team and the fans. Attendence at AT&T Park is at 2,749,334 since Oct 1, 2010 with 231 consecutive regular season games. The most in the Majors.