It sure feels good to be back in San Francisco. The media made a big deal about Atlanta looking for blood because the GIANTS swept the Braves when we went to Atlanta at the beginning of the month, but it turned out to be much ado…about very little.
We’ll call this one “Welcome to San Francisco, Tyler Colvin”. The new GIANT made a bunch of new friends in the clubhouse and in the stands, not to mention the gajillions viewing from home. His home stand debut was…well, quite literally a huge SPLASH! He made 3 plate appearances and in the 1st game of the series and not only did he hit a home run, he SPLASHED! He wrapped up his 1st game in San Francisco as a GIANT with a stand up triple that scored Sanchez and Crawford.
Timmy (Lincecum, that is) pitched a great game. He went 7.2 innings, bolstered by great defense and an amazing offense, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 4 walks and 11 strike-outs. Nice to see Lincecum put together such a good outing. Gutierrez and Lopez stepped in to face 1 batter each, and Romo closed it out with a 1, 2, 3 9th inning.
Final score: GIANTS 4, Braves 2.
You know what they say, you can’t win them all. I’m always happy when we take a series and I don’t get too upset when we lose. It’s gonna happen. That’s baseball. There’s 162 games in the regular season and we’re going to lose a few now and then. Enough rationalizing for you? It’s enough for me. Let’s face it, this was not the GIANTS night. We lost. Correction, we didn’t just lose, we were shut out. But hey, tomorrow is another day! And I’m not going to recap the game, because there is absolutely nothing to talk about. We’ll get them tomorrow. Vogelsong pitched a decent game, going 6 innings, with 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, and 11 strike outs.
Final score: GIANTS 0, Atlanta 5.
Now, that’s more like it. We may have been shut out last night, but today? Today belonged to the GIANTS. The line-up was different, because Bochy gave Pagan the day off. Gregor Blanco took his place, both in the line-up and in centerfield. He was on fire! He stole 3 bases, scored 3 runs and took away hits from some of Atlanta’s best hitters. Turns out he made GIANTS history, joining Bobby Bonds, Kevin Mitchell and Darren Lewis as the only San Francisco era GIANTS to steal 3 bases and score 3 runs in one game. Here’s how the game went:
The Braves scored 2 runs in the 1st inning. Blanco led off the bottom half of the 1st with a walk, Hunter Pence went yard, scoring a 2 run HR. Pablo hit a single and Crawford brought him home with a 2 out RBI single. The inning ended after the Braves faced the GIANTS entire line-up.
The score was: GIANTS 3, Atlanta 2.
Blanco led off the 2nd inning, and again, walked. While Pence was at the plate, Blanco stole 2nd. When Posey was at the plate, Blanco stole 3rd. In an attempt to put Blanco out at 3rd, the Brave’s catcher overthrew 3rd and Blanco came home.
The score was: GIANTS 4, Atlanta 2.
In the 4th, Atlanta scored 2 runs at the top of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Pence hit a single and scored on Sandoval’s RBI single.
The score was: GIANTS 5, Atlanta 4.
In the 5th Brandon Crawford hit a double and scored on Blanco’s RBI single. While Pence was at the plate, Blanco stole 2nd. Pence singled and Blanco scored. In the 6th, Morse hit a solo HR.
The score was: GIANTS 8, Atlanta 4.
Tyler Colvin, the hero of the 1st game in this series stayed quiet until the 6th, when he hit a single but was left stranded. In the 8th inning he hit a double, and Crawford brought him home with a 2 run SPLASH HR.
Bumgarner pitched a good game. He went 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs and 1 walk. He struck out 5. Interestingly enough, his numbers were almost identical to Vogelsong’s, but Bumgarner was the winning pitcher. What a difference a day makes!
Final score: GIANTS 10, Atlanta 4.
Great series! The GIANTS took 2 out of 3 to win the series. Who could ask for anything more?