In baseball, there’s always the next day.
Whenever the GIANTS lose, that’s my mantra. I’m also a big fan of Scarlett O’Hara, who ends Gone With the Wind with the line “after all, tomorrow is another day.”
Thursday night’s series opener against the Marlins started off kind of shaky. Miami scored a home run in the 1st inning that went unanswered by the GIANTS. We got a couple of hits, but left the runners stranded. In the 2nd inning Miami scored 2 more. Tyler Colvin was the 1st GIANTS hitter in the 2nd inning. He hit a nice line drive out to CF for a double. Brandon Hicks came up to bat, and Colvin came home when the Marlins were busy getting Hicks out.
The score: GIANTS 1, Miami 3
In the 3rd inning, Miami scored again, but so did the GIANTS. Pence hit a double and scored when Morse hit a HR, tripling the GIANTS score.
The score: GIANTS 3, Miami 4
Miami didn’t score again. But the GIANTS weren’t finished. Back to the top of the line-up in the 5th and our table-setters did a great job. Pagan drew a walk, Pence hit a single and Posey hit a double scoring Pagan and Pence. Morse hit a single and Posey came home. Neither team scored after that. Cain pitched a great game and got the win, going 7.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks and striking out 7. Affeldt and Romo pitched in.
Final score: GIANTS 6, Miami 4
Hudson was scheduled to pitch, but he had to sit this one out with a strained hip. Petit took the mound for the first 5 innings and the bullpen took over in the 6th. The GIANTS scored 5 runs: Pagan-2, Morse-2 and Sandoval-1. Unfortunately, Miami scored more.
Final score: GIANTS 5, Miami 7
The GIANTS were shut-out. I don’t want to talk about it.
The GIANTS had enough of the Marlins. Vogelsong was on the mound and in the 1st 2 innings he and the GIANTS shut down Miami’s batters–1, 2, 3. The GIANTS offense came alive, immediately scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning. Blanco led-off after being hit by a pitch. He stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on Pence’s ground ball, then came home on Posey’s SAC fly. That was followed by 4 singles: Sandoval and Morse hit singles and both Colvin and Hicks followed up with RBI singles.
The score: GIANTS 3, Miami 0
The GIANTS scored again when Pablo hit a solo HR in the 5th. Miami scored a single run in the 8th. Vogelsong looked fabulous out there, pitching 7 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits, 0 runs, walking 1 and striking out 6.
Affeldt and Casilla came in for the 8th and Romo closed it out.
Final score: GIANTS 4, Miami 1
I said in an earlier post that I would settle for a tied series when the GIANTS played a 4 game series with LA. But I was relieved when the GIANTS won 3 out of 4. The series against the Marlins didn’t go the way I hoped, and we ended up with a series split. But, I gotta tell you, given the history between the GIANTS and Miami, especially at AT&T, a split series isn’t so bad. there’s always the next day…after all tomorrow is another day.