I hear Busch Stadium is a lot like AT&T Park. I know there are lots of great baseball fans in St. Louis, so I think going to a game there would be huge fun! I say we plan a Gamer Babe Field Trip for St. Louis in the future. In the meantime, we missed out on a great series there this weekend. Here’s what happened:
Game 1 the Cardinal’s drew 1st blood with their clean-up guy bringing home their lead-off man in the bottom of the 1st. After 1, it was:
GIANTS 0, St. Louis 1.
The GIANTS responded immediately with a big knock by Morse in the 2nd. Hicks hit a single and scored on Blanco’s RBI single that turned into an out when he tried to stretch it to 2, ending the inning.
The score: GIANTS 2, St. Louis 1.
Both teams played really good baseball and the score kept changing as the game went on, but St. Louis remained in the lead. Panda hit a solo HR in the 6th. The tide really turned in the 8th inning. Blanco, the lead-off hitter, hit a single, then stole 2nd while Pagan was at the plate. Pagan hit a single out to center field. On a throwing error by the center fielder, Pagan took 2nd and Blanco, who is fleet of feet on the base path, scored. Game tied. Hunter Pence ground out but Pagan advanced to 3rd on the play. St. Louis walked Pablo intentionally. With 2 out and 2 men on, Morse doubled scoring both Pagan and Pablo.
The score: GIANTS 6, St. Louis 4.
St. Louis scored another run in the bottom of the 9th, but it was too little too late. Vogelsong pitched a quality start, going 6.1 innings, giving up 7 hits with 4 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 5. Lopez, Machi and Romo closed out the game.
Final score: GIANTS 6, St. Louis 5.
Game 2 was even better than Game 1. For starters, the starter was lights out. Bumgarner pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 hits and ZERO runs. He walked 1 and struck out 10. He was on fire. The offense was as hot as Bumgarner, who, by the way, got a hit and scored a run in the 2nd. The GIANTS scored 9 runs on 12 hits and 3 walks. It was such a good game to watch.
Final score: GIANTS 9, St. Louis 4.
Game 3 was not my favorite game. I was busy and I couldn’t keep score. We lost. I blame myself. I’ve been keeping score from the beginning, but just started keeping score consistently in May. So, of course, the one time I don’t, we lose. It’s my fault. From now on, no matter what’s happening, I’m keeping score. Oh yeah, and 2, TWO! rain delays.
Game 4 I felt good about this one. I always like our chances when Hudson is on the mound. He didn’t disappoint. Not only that, Buster came back! And, more importantly, I kept score. The Cardinals faced the entire GIANTS line-up in the top of the 1st. Pagan led-off with a single and Hunter Pence followed up with another single. Pagan scored on Buster’s RBI single, Pence scored when Crawford hit a ground ball into a force out, and Joaquin Arias’s 2 RBI single knocked both Buster and Crawford home. The Cardinals didn’t score in their half of the 1st. After 1:
The score: GIANTS 4, St. Louis 0.
The GIANTS scored 2 more runs in the 3rd when Crawford was walked and scored on Arias’s RBI single; Hicks scored when he was walked, then came home when Pagan hit into a force out. Posey scored another run in the 4th, this time on Crawford’s RBI single. Pablo scored the final run of the game in the 6th inning, after he was walked and came home on Blanco’s RBI triple. Neither team scored in the 7th, 8th or 9th. Hudson pitched a great game, going 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and striking out 6. He hit one of the Cardinal’s batters with a pitch in the 3rd, but fortunately, nothing came of it. Lopez pitched the 8th and Huff pitched the 9th.
Final score: GIANTS 8, St. Louis 0.
The GIANTS took the series, winning 3 out of 4, and now they’re on their way to Cincinnati where we hope they’ll do it again. The GIANTS have the day off tomorrow. Happy travel day!