I Don’t Know What To Say

Honestly, I thought the GIANTS were past all that. I thought–silly me–the GIANTS were done with losing to teams that have no business beating the GIANTS. At least that’s what I hoped. Perhaps last night’s game against the Padres was just a fluke.

imageHudson pitched for the GIANTS. He had a miserable outing. His last outing–undoubtedly the worst of his career–he pitched the 1st inning, faced 2 batters in the 2nd inning and gave up 8 hits and 6 runs before Bochy took him out. Last night’s game started eerily similar–he gave up 4 hits in the 1st and 4 runs scored. In the 3rd inning, an error landed the Padres lead-off man on 2nd and he scored on a Padres RBI double. All in all Hudson gave up 5 runs, but only 4 earned. He gave up another double in the 5th and that ended his night. Until the last few outings, Hudson has been a solid, reliable, consistent spot in a–regrettably–floundering rotation.

imageThe GIANTS didn’t score any runs. They got 3 hits–Panik hit 2, one a double, and Blanco hit the 3rd. Belt was in the line-up, so was Morse and Pagan. It was good to have them back. The final score was:

GIANTS 0, Padres 5

imageIn other news, GIANTS great Willie McCovey was hospitalized with complications stemming from an infection. GIANTS fans are welcome and encouraged to send him get well wishes by email to:  williemac@sfgiants.com or by regular mail to: Willie McCovey c/o San Francisco Giants, San Francisco, CA 94107

I’m looking, seeking, searching, hunting, reaching–you name it–desperately trying to find the silver lining. Something positive. Anything. I’m keeping the faith, honestly I am, but it’s getting hard. And then I remember–hey, I’m GIANTS fan. Nobody ever said being a GIANTS fan was easy. Like Jimmy Doogan said: “It’s supposed to be hard…The hard is what makes it great.”

I don’t know what else to say.

The Worm Turns

Monday Night

1.09.16.blancoWe thought the GIANTS got bit by a poisonous snake Monday night. Turned out to be nothin’ but a big ol’ worm painted to look like a dangerous snake. The real mascot is actually Baxter, the Bobcat. Huh? Who knew? That’s Gregor getting acquainted with him Monday night.

Tuesday Night

The GIANTS played a much better game on Tuesday night. They didn’t score that early, they didn’t score that often–but they did score enough. Enough to win. Who could ask for anything more?

1.09.16.peav11Peavy pitched a great game. He went 7.2 innings–gave up 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and he struck out 4. Romo came in to pitch in the 8th–with 2 men out and 2 men on–and faced one of Arizona’s big bats. The hitter flied out to end the inning. Casilla pitched a 1, 2, 3 shut down 9th to get the save. The GIANTS scored 1 run in the 4th when Buster Posey hit a solo HR. Arizona tied it up in the 6th when their 2nd baseman hit a triple and their centerfielder followed up with an RBI single. The GIANTS took the lead again in the 7th–and kept it. Hunter Pence hit a single, advanced on Ishikawa’s base hit and scored on Crawford’s RBI SAC fly. The final score was:

imageGIANTS 2, Arizona 1

Wednesday Night

The rubber game of the series–with one win each, this game would decide the series. The GIANTS had Bumgarner on the mound and for the most part he pitched a great game. A couple of times, though, he kinda made me nervous. Yeah, I’m not gonna lie to you, a couple of times he took my breath away. And not  the good  kind of  breathtaking way–but the bad kind: where your heart stutters, beads of sweat dot your forehead and your breathing becomes labored. I know it sounds just like the good kind–trust me–it was not. 1.09.17.susHe pitched 6 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks, but he struck out 6. The scary stuff happened right away. After shutting down the GIANTS with a 1, 2, 3 first inning, Arizona came to the plate. The lead-off guy got a base hit, the next guy followed with another base hit and the 3rd batter hit a SAC fly to move both runners over–putting the lead-off hitter on 3rd base. With Arizona’s clean-up hitter–Trumbo–at the plate, Bumgarner launched a wild pitch that got past Susac. What happened next is the stuff of highlight reels. The hitter at the plate stepped back, motioned to the lead-off guy on 3rd, who took off gunning for home–but the ball hit the backstop and caromed right back into Susac’s glove–thanks to Susac’s perfect read on the ball–Susac turned and tagged the runner out just as he went into a slide at the plate. OUT!! Wow–that was so close.

1.09.17.beltArizona eventually scored–1 run in the 2nd and 1 run in the 5th. The GIANTS 1st run came in the 2nd, with 2 outs, Susac came to the plate and drew a walk. He scored when Crawford followed with an RBI double. In the 5th, Crawford led-off with a base hit, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, moved over to 3rd on Bumgarner’s SAC bunt, and then scored on Blanco’s SAC bunt. In the 9th inning, with the score tied, Pablo led-off with a walk, Crawford hit a single, Belt–Welcome Back, Brandon Belt!!–kept the line moving with another walk, and the bases were loaded. Duffy–the clutch-hitting rookie–pinch hit in the pitcher’s spot and hit a line drive to centerfield that had enough gas to score both Pablo and Crawford, adding 2 RBI’s to his stats. The final score was:

1.09.17.duffGIANTS 4, Arizona 2

How about a little more good news? In the last 3 games the GIANTS won 2 and the Dodgers lost 2. Tuesday the Rockies beat the Dodgers 10-4 and Wednesday the Rockies beat them 16-2. Now, I know I made all kinds of noise the other day about a loss is just a loss–doesn’t matter how big the score is, it’s still just one loss–yada, yada, yada. But the Rockies beat the Dodgers 16 to 2! sixteen to two!!! that wasn’t just a loss, that was a slaughter. I know what I said. But–you gotta admit–sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but sometimes–sometimes it’s a really good smoke.

Snakebit!

The GIANTS are in Arizona to play a 3-game series against the Diamondbacks. Last night’s opener did not go the way I planned. Or I should say–envisioned–and the GIANTS lost. They were bit by a big Diamondback.

09.15.vogVogey pitched 5.2 innings and gave up  6 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, and he struck out 5. It was not his finest hour, but it was not his worst either and there were flashes of brilliance. Vogey doesn’t go down without a fight, and last night’s game was proof of that. He got into some trouble in the 1st–the lead-off man got a base hit and he walked the next batter. The next guy lined into a double play turned neatly by Crawford and Panik. Then Vogey struck out Trumbo, Arizona’s big bat. He pitched a 1, 2, 3–grab some pine, meat–second inning. He got into more trouble in the 3rd. Two singles, a wild pitch and a walk later and there’s Trumbo again. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Trumbo hit a HR making it the 1st grand slam that Vogey has ever given up. Ever. Pence tried to keep it in the park but he was a few feet shy. One swing of the bat and suddenly it’s a different ball game. Vogey pitched a  shut down 4th and a shut down 5th, but he ran into trouble again in the 6th. After 2 quick outs, he gave up a double, 2 walks and threw a wild pitch. That was enough for Bochy. He called in Javy Lopez to get the 3rd out–Lopez threw 1 pitch, the hitter groundout, the inning was over. After 6, the score was:

09.15.penceGIANTS 0, Arizona 4

Arias led-off  the 7th with a base hit, advanced to 3rd on Blanco’s ground-rule double and scored on Crawford’s RBI groundout. Arizona responded in the bottom of the inning with 2 more runs of their own. In the 8th, Panik led-off with a double and scored when Posey followed with an RBI single. The final score was:

GIANTS 2, Arizona 6

The checked swing

The checked swing

Branch Rickey once said “Baseball is a game of inches” and he was absolutely right. In the 3rd inning, the hitter who was up just before Trumbo hit the GS–checked his swing on what could have been called strike 3. I know–coulda, woulda, shoulda–the umpire ruled “no swing” but it was such a close call it’s being 2nd guessed by fans and analysts alike. Not that it would make any difference, but at that point Vogey was just inches from a clean getaway. Instead it’s called a ball and the guy drew a walk to load the bases. If strike 3 is called, the inning is over, the Grand Slam never happens.

The takeaway? It’s what I’ve been saying all along: score early, score often. With enough runs on the board early enough, the GIANTS will have insurance to protect against the big inning. It will also give the pitchers some run support–help take some of the stress off.  And quit hacking at the 1st damn pitch! Be nice to wear down the other pitcher instead of giving them free passes with 8 or 9 pitch innings.

Tonight it’s on to game 2–the GIANTS need to bring their snake bite kits and their anti-venom. Or bite them before they bite us.  As long as the GIANTS bite first and bite often.

 

Winsome & Loathsome

09.14.riv8I told you I was going to use that title for one of my GIANTS/Dodger game recaps, and so here it is. Winsome & Loathsome–it’s the perfect moniker for the GIANTS/Dodgers Rivalry. Winsome, the GIANTS, means sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging. While Loathsome, the Dodgers, means causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting; repulsive. The storied rivalry between the GIANTS–Winsome, and the Dodgers–Loathsome, pre-dates the flood.

09.14.riv4I don’t know how it got started. The number of different versions is outnumbered only by Yankees World Series rings. Some say it started as early as the late 19th century, when the GIANTS fans were society’s upper crust and the Dodgers were the blue collar guys from Brooklyn. Others say while it started in New York, it grew when the teams moved to California, turning it into a No Cal/So Cal rivalry. There has been violence–murder and mayhem–committed in the name of the rivalry. But I am making this declaration here and now: Yes, we hate the Dodgers. Yes, the Dodgers cause feelings of loathing.09.14.riv7 Yes, the Dodgers are disgusting, revolting and ok–even repulsive. But the Dodgers are only a representation of a ball club–not a human being. I have respected and admired many Dodgers players–including Clayton Kershaw–not including Puig. There are many Dodgers fans I count as friends and some relatives–that I love very much. This is a friendly rivalry. I will boo and hiss and call some Dodgers bad names, but I will never, never ever, condone violence against the team or any of their fans.

09.14.petI said all that so I could rationalize saying this: the sons of *bleeps*, *bleeper bleepers*, *blankety-blank*, rotten *bleeps*–beat the GIANTS again today. Too much? Sorry. If I’m being honest, though, the first 2 runs the Dodgers scored, both in the 2nd inning, were courtesy of our very own San Francisco GIANTS. They made 2 errors in the 2nd inning and it cost them 2 runs. The GIANTS got them back though, 1 in the 3rd, when Yusmeiro Petit came to the plate, fighting off pitch after pitch and taking balls until he drew the walk–excellent work at the plate by the starting pitcher. Panik moved him over with a base hit and Buster got an RBI for bringing him home. Unfortunately, the Dodgers scored 2 more runs in the 6th. The other GIANTS run came in the 7th–cobbled together by 2 rookies and a veteran. Susac hit a single, followed by Arias with a base hit and then Duffy, pinch-hitting in the pitcher’s spot, brought him home with an RBI single. All-in-all when you look at the big picture, the GIANTS had a fairly good outing against Kershaw–crowned by the media as the “best pitcher in all of baseball.”  Other than the mishaps in the 2nd inning the GIANTS played a good game. The final score was:

GIANTS 2, LA 4

09.14.riv9What can I say? We almost had them. Almost. But you know how Frank Robinson felt about almost and baseball. One week from today we meet up with the Dodgers again–this time in LA. I say we use horseshoes and hand grenades in case we almost get them–that way it will count. Or we could just WIN!

Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

The GIANTS gave the Dodgers a little spanking on Friday night. The Dodgers–perhaps looking for a little redemption–came roaring back last night and beat the __________ out of the GIANTS–you fill-in the blank, the word I want to use isn’t printable in polite company.

Seriously–17 runs??? That’s ridiculous. Laughable, really, to the point of hysteria. For those of you who don’t know–and I don’t think that’s even possible–the Dodgers scored 17 runs against the GIANTS last night. The GIANTS scored–zero, zip, zilch, imagenada. Dial the clock back just 24 hours to the series opener on Friday night. The shoe was on the other foot. And it fit. In fact, it was incredibly comfortable. Last night, not so much. It was heartbreaking to see Tim Hudson come out of the game so early, and painful to watch relief pitcher after relief pitcher give up run after run.

Here’s my take-away from last night’s game: the GIANTS lost. Period. It’s 1 loss. One. Doesn’t really matter if it was a 1-0 loss, a 17-0 loss, or even, just as absurd, 170-0. You can call it a bloodbath, you can call it a lambaste, you can call it a slaughter. Doesn’t really matter what you call it because in the end they all mean the same thing: a loss–and, a loss is just a loss. It doesn’t count double, there isn’t an asterisk next to the box score. You still get dinner when you get home.
imageThe highlight of the night was watching the Skipper call for his son from the bullpen–giving the kid an opportunity to get some work in where–let’s face it–he couldn’t do any more damage, the game was already lost. It was a historic moment–while there have been big league managers  who have managed their own sons–this is the 1st time a big league manager got to call his son from the bullpen and hand him the ball. Gives you goosebumps,  doesn’t it?

ok, that’s it. The GIANTS lost that one. Time to get over it and move on because we’ve got another game to play.

#GoGIANTS   #BeatLA   Pass it on.

 

 

Attack of the Killer P ‘s

When we talked before last night’s game, my husband and I both concluded that this 1st game in this series between the GIANTS and the LA Dodgers would be a very low-scoring game. A good old-fashioned pitching duel. We were half right. Rumor has it that Donny Baseball arranged his rotation so that his top 3 starters would be the pitchers who take on the GIANTS this weekend. As far as winning strategies go, that one isn’t working out so far. I know it’s only 1 game–it still didn’t work.

imageLately it seems like the GIANTS’ pitchers are either breaking some kind of record or reaching some sort of milestone. Bumgarner pitched for the GIANTS last night and he broke a GIANTS’ pitching record for most strike-outs by a GIANTS’ left-handed pitcher–in a season–since the franchise moved to San Francisco. Bumgarner struck out 9, bringing his total this season to 208. The previous record of 206 was set by Ray Sadecki in 1968. Bumgarner went 7 innings, gave up 3 hits, zero runs, walked 2 and struck out 9. Gutierrez pitched the 8th and the 9th–3 up, 3 down each time.

imageThe GIANTS employed my favorite baseball strategy:  score early–score often. In the 1st, the Killer P’s attacked: Panik hit a double, that brought up Posey who hit an RBI double scoring Panik, then along came Pence who got a base hit scoring Posey. After that, the ABC offense went to work: Arias brought Pence home with a base hit, Blanco drew a walk, and Crawford got an RBI double scoring Arias. After 1, the score was:

GIANTS 4, LA 0
imageThe Dodgers pitcher–Ryu–came out of the game after the 1st inning. The Dodgers said he was suffering from a shoulder injury. Poppycock!! Personally? I think it was the Killer P’s. Ryu got Killer P stung. I’m sure it hurt. It’s supposed to hurt. The GIANTS went on to score again in the 5th: Blanco drew a walk and then scored when Crawford hit it high! hit it deep! hit. it. outtahere!! A 2-run HR. But the interesting inning was the 7th. Actually, it was more weird than interesting–but it probably wouldn’t be a GIANTS’ game without a little weird. Anyway, here’s what happened: with 2 outs and nobody on in the 7th, Gregor Blanco struck out swinging. Inning over. But wait!! There’s more!! The 3rd strike pitch that Blanco swung at–and missed—was a wild pitch. It got past the Dodgers’ catcher and went to the backstop, Blanco tore out of the batter’s box hell-bent-for-leather and made it to 1st base–safe. Crawford drew a walk, which brought up Ishikawa, who was pinch-hitting in the pitcher’s spot. Ishikawa made quite a splash. Literally. He sent the ball straight over the right field wall and into McCovey Cove. SPLASH!! The GIANTS didn’t score again, and the Dodgers never scored–giving the GIANTS not only the W, but a shut-out to boot. #BeatLA is right. The final score was:

GIANTS 9, LA 0

 

You Gotta Have Faith

Wednesday Night

09.11.vogeysYou want to be  a GIANTS fan? You gotta have faith. Serious faith. You can’t flinch. You can’t blink. Just have serious faith and extreme confidence. Bochy does. I highly advise you never–never, ever, ever–challenge him to a game of Chicken. That guy does not blink. So Wednesday night, when Vogey walked the lead-off hitters in both the 1st and 2nd innings and Bochy got Machi up in the bullpen, I was shocked. Bochy doesn’t have a hair-trigger, and getting Machi warming up seemed out of character. Vogey got out of both innings unscathed–with a nicely turned double play in the 1st, and a ground ball in the 2nd. So Bochy left Machi in the pen. Temporarily.

Vogey went on to pitch a good game– it remained scoreless until the 7th–and even though I thought Vogey was still in good shape, Bochy decided to bring Machi in to get the last out. And he did. I guess that’s why they pay Bochy the big buck$, and basically won’t listen to a word I say. Machi faced 1 batter, who hit a ground ball to 3rd, which Pablo fielded easily. Well, at least it looked easy. Affeldt handled the 8th and Romo handled the 9th, both with 3-up, 3-down efficiency. Vogelsong pitched 6.2 innings, facing 26 batters–he gave up 2 hits, 5 walks and struck out 3. Machi faced just the one, Affeldt and Romo faced 3 each–the very definition of 3-up, 3-down precludes facing more than 3 per inning. So when the GIANTS went on to score 4 runs in the 7th and 1 run in the 8th, guess which GIANTS pitcher got the W for the win???  Of course–Machi! Why? because its baseball. And Machi was the pitcher of record when the GIANTS took the lead.

09.11.blapagHere’s how they did it: Pence led-off the 7th with a walk, Blanco scored Pence with an RBI double. Crawford hit a single and Duffy pinch-hit an  RBI double in the pitcher’s spot, scoring Blanco. Crawford came home on a wild pitch and Pagan hit a SAC fly scoring Duffy. In the 8th, with 1 out, Pablo hit a double, Pence hit a single and Ishikawa hit a double scoring Pablo. This is the part where I tell you about all the runs the DBacks scored. But I can’t. Because they didn’t score. None. The final score was:

GIANTS 5, Arizona 0

Thursday Night

09.11.ggI posted this on Facebook yesterday in memory of those who lost their lives and those who gave their lives on September 11, 2001:  “Today is 9/11. I know, I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that. We are still remembering the lives lost that day. ‪#‎NeverForget‬. One thing I will never forget is the Mets game that was played at Shea Stadium 10 days after the attacks. The baseball world honored the people who died in those attacks and paid special tribute to the heroes of FDNY and NYPD. Baseball. It’s good for America.” Yesterday there were special tributes in ballparks all across America reminding us #NeverForget. Remember what James Earl Jones’ character in Field of Dreams said: “the one constant through all the years…has been baseball.”  That is so true.

09.11.pence1Thursday night the GIANTS got the party started a little earlier. It also started a little weirder. Pagan led-off the 1st with a double, Posey got a base hit moving Pagan to 3rd, and with 2 outs, Pence was up next. He took a swing and lost his grip on the bat–which, in effect, made him throw the bat at the ball. The bat hit the ball, the ball went up the middle and hit 2nd base, preventing the 2nd baseman from fielding it, allowing Pence to reach 1st and Pagan to score. Kruk and Kuip called it the “perfect magic wandoo” I call it the perfect base hit. RBI base hit, to be precise. Pagan scored again in the 3rd when he led-off with a base hit Pablo brought him home with an RBI single. In the 4th Gregor Blanco hit a single, Ishikawa drew a walk and Crawford scored Blanco with an RBI base hit. Ishikawa got a base hit to open up the 6th, Juan Perez hit a double, scoring Ishikawa, Panik walked, Posey hit a line drive for an RBI single. With the bases loaded, Hunter Pence drew a walk, scoring Panik. Arizona scored 2 runs, one in the 6th–with 1 out, Arizona’s shortstop hit a triple, the next hitter flied out, then their 1st baseman hit a double, scoring the shortstop. 09.11.peavyThat’s all Bochy needed to see. He took Peavy out and brought in Machi. Bochy has faith–but it’s apparently a dog on a very short leash. Arizona scored a solo HR in the 9th. The final score was:

GIANTS 6, Arizona 2

The Dodgers are in town tonight. The GIANTS are 2 games away from tying up the NL West. This is when things get really interesting.

 

Home is Where Petit’s Heart Is

imageI’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Yusmeiro Petit loves to pitch in AT&T Park. I’m going to go even further and say he’d rather pitch at AT&T than any other ball park in America. In case you hadn’t noticed, Petit struggles sometimes when he pitches in other parks. But not at AT&T. At home, he is truly lights out. He pitches like his hair is on fire.  Last night’s game was no exception. He pitched 9 complete innings, throwing only 84 pitches. Average that out–it’s less than 10 pitches per inning. That is impressive. And he had all his stuff. He gave up just 4 hits, 1 run–a HR–he didn’t walk anyone and he struck out 9. He had an outstanding night.

imageThe offense got the job done. Especially Panik and Pagan. Panik went 5 for 5. A five-hit night is rare for anyone–almost unheard of for a rookie. Pagan went 4 for 5 and scored 3 runs–but the headline is still Panik’s 5 for 5, because that’s literally batting a thousand.

imageIn the 1st inning Pagan led-off with a base hit, Panik followed with his own base hit, and Pablo drew a walk to load the bases. Susac was up next and drew another walk, scoring Pagan. In the 2nd inning, Petit helped his cause with a base hit–his 1st hit of the season. Pagan singled, so did Panik–he got a base hit every time he came to the plate, remember? 5 for 5–Posey reached 1st base on a Fielder’s Choice, scoring Petit and tacking on another RBI. Pence drew a walk, and with the bases loaded, Pablo also walked, scoring Pagan–making it the 2nd GIANTS run courtesy of a free pass from the Arizona pitcher. The Arizona manager took that pitcher out after 2 innings. Just when I was really starting to like the guy. In the 4th the DBacks lead-off man hit a solo HR. After 4, the score was:

GIANTS 3, Arizona 1

imageThe GIANTS scored again in the 6th. Blanco led-off with a single, advanced to to 2nd on Pagan’s base hit, and scored on a fielding error by Arizona after the DBacks mishandled Panik’s single. Buster Posey brought Pagan home with a SAC fly. And that, GIANTS fans, ended the scoring portion of last night’s game. The final score was:

GIANTS 5, Arizona 1

imageI think it’s safe to say that Petit is very comfortable at AT&T Park–if Petit pitched like this on the road, half our rotation problems would be solved. I think it’s even safer to say our rookies are getting acclimated. Susac’s performance behind the plate is exceptional and his performance at the plate is impressive. And since I went out onto a limb earlier, I’m going to venture even further out–it’s getting a little wobbly out there–and say that Panik is not going back to Fresno ever. He is the GIANTS 2nd baseman. Didn’t I tell you I like that kid? I don’t want to jinx him or anything, but I really think his nickname should be ROY.

 

Win Some, Lose Some, Rain Some

I used the “Win Some, Lose Some” theme in a previous blog post. I know this because I googled “win some lose some” searching for some ideas to jump start the creative juices. My June 27th blog post was listed on the 1st page of Google’s search engine results of websites containing the words “win some lose some”. Interesting. I met myself coming around the corner. I did get a new blog theme idea: “Winsome and Loathsome”. Winsome is an adjective that means “attractive or appealing in appearance or character” and loathsome is an adjective that means “causing hatred or disgust; repulsive”. Sounds like the perfect title for a GIANTS/Dodger game post. That thing will practically write itself. Stay tuned.

I know I’ve used–ad nauseum–the old Casey Stengel quote: “now, there’s three things that can happen in baseball: you can win, you can lose, or it can rain.” The GIANTS have had a few series this season where they’ve managed to do all three. This series in Detroit was yet another one. The GIANTS won, the GIANTS lost, and it rained. The GIANTS won the first two games, it rained–and delayed–the game Friday night, and they lost yesterday.

09.07.huddyIn yesterday’s game the GIANTS got on the board when Blanco hit a double in the 5th, Crawford moved him over to 3rd with a productive out and Pagan brought him home with an RBI single. The Tigers scored 3 runs in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 7th. Hudson pitched a quality start, keeping the GIANTS in the game through 6 innings, but it unraveled on the bullpen in the 7th. Strickland, a September call-up, shut it down in the 9th with a 1, 2, 3 inning. I’m keeping an eye on that kid–I like what I’ve seen so far. The final score was:

GIANTS 1, Tigers 6

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It’s time to get back to California. According to the lyrics of an oldie from the 70’s–“it never rains in California.” That’s not exactly true. It does rain in California. And when it does? We play anyway.

 

When It Rains, It Pours

Friday’s Game

09.06.rain2Rain, rain go away. San Francisco came to play. And play they did. They were playing great before the 2 hour and 42 minute rain delay–and they continued to play great after. Fortunately, for the GIANTS, the tarp was put on and taken off the field correctly–so the tarp was a non-issue. The last thing the GIANTS needed or wanted was another TarpGate. Here’s the kicker: the delay was so long and with more storm fronts moving in, there was talk of calling the game. Because it was only the 3rd inning–it wasn’t a regulation game–the game would be reset. It would start over from scratch. And since the GIANTS had a 6-0 lead, that meant bye-bye 6 runs, bye-bye Peavy’s start.  When they peeled the tarp off and got the field ready for play, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Now all that was needed was a rain-free night. Or at least a couple more rain-free innings. Just enough to make it a regulation game.

09.06.blancoHere’s how the GIANTS scored the 1st six runs: in the 1st, Angel led-off with a base hit and after advancing on a Tigers error and a productive out from Posey, he came home on Pablo’s RBI single. In the 2nd, Blanco roped a triple to deep center field and scored on Ishikawa’s RBI single; Ishikawa advanced on Duvall’s base hit, Ishikawa and Duvall both advanced on Crawford’s SAC bunt; Ishikawa scored on Pagan’s RBI and Duvall scored on Panik’s RBI. In the 3rd, Posey led-off with a base hit and scored on Blanco’s RBI double. Blanco scored on Crawford’s RBI single. After 3, the score was:

GIANTS 6, Tigers 0

09.06.peavyThe GIANTS scored 2 more runs–1 in the 4th: Panik led-off with a base hit, and scored a on a Tigers fielding error; and 1 in the 6th when Pablo hit a solo HR. The Tigers scored 2 runs in the 5th. After the rain delay–to everyone’s shock and awe (Kruk is probably still trying to lift his jaw off the floor)–Peavy came back to pitch in the 4th. He pitched a great game. He went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs–both unearned, and struck out 3. He issued 0 walks. Kontos pitched 2 impressive innings, giving up 2 hits and no runs or walks. Lincecum came in for the 9th and closed it out with a 1, 2, 3 shut down inning.  The final score was:

GIANTS 8, Tigers 2

Saturday’s Game

09.06.susacSaturday dawned cool and cloudy. But–at least there was no rain. The GIANTS got off to a quick lead. With 2 outs in the 1st, Posey hit a single, Pence followed with another single, Sandoval scored Posey with an RBI single and Susac hit a 2 RBI double scoring Pence and Sandoval. Susac scored on Arias’ RBI double. The Tigers scored 2 runs in the 1st and 1 run in the 3rd. After 3, the score was:

GIANTS 4, Tigers 3

09.06.poseyThe GIANTS held the 1 run lead until the 5th, when Posey hit a solo HR, giving the GIANTS  a 2 run lead that held until the 8th when the Tigers scored a solo HR, leaving the GIANTS with a 1 run lead again. The kept it to the end of the game. Madison Bumgarner pitched a great game–going 6 innings, giving up 10 hits and 3 runs, but no walks or strike outs. Romo gave up a HR in the 8th. The final score was:

GIANTS 5, Tigers 4

That’s 2 down, 1 to go. Last time the GIANTS played in Detroit they used a broom to clean up. Just sayin’.

 

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