A couple of years ago Angel Pagan told the media that when the GIANTS win on getaway day, they will have a happy flight. Today was getaway day in Cincinnati. The game was scheduled to begin at 12:35 PM. That’s Eastern Time. Which means 9:35 AM in California. It’s a little early for the traditional dog and a beer during the game, but it’s baseball, and you gotta swing at the ball you’re pitched, right?
So I got my score sheets and pencils together with my refreshments–ok so it was a cup of coffee–and sat down to watch the game. In the top of the 1st, the Reds’ pitcher took down the 1st 3 GIANTS hitters in order. In the bottom of the inning, Bumgarner faced the 1st Reds batter, the guy who has been giving the GIANTS pitchers a lot of grief, and that guy hit the ball so hard to right field I was sure he had an in-the-park HR. Somehow Pence managed to catch up to it. He wrangled out of the air and hit the ground sliding, but he never let go of the ball. The GIANTS weren’t so lucky with the next hitter. He swung at the 1st pitch he saw and sent it over the fence. At the end of 1, the score was:
GIANTS 0, Reds 1
In the top of the 2nd, the GIANTS went after the Reds pitcher right away. The Panda sent the 1st pitch he saw on the ground up the middle for a base hit. Then Morse blasted a line drive over the center field fence to score 2. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Reds went quietly–1, 2, 3. The score after 2 was:
GIANTS 2, Reds 1
Neither team scored in the 3rd. In the 4th, Pablo led-off for the GIANTS again, and again got a base hit. Colvin hit a single, and Crawford smacked a line drive over the right center field fence for a 3 run HR. Again, the GIANTS kept the Reds from scoring in the bottom of the inning. In fact, Bumgarner held the Reds hitless after the 3rd. Kontos came in the game in the 9th and retired the Reds 1, 2, 3. The GIANTS scored 1 more run in the 7th when Pagan was walked, advanced to 2nd on Pence’s single and scored a run off Buster Posey’s single. The final score was:
GIANTS 6, Reds 1
Bumgarner was phenomenal. He pitched 8 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, ZERO walks and struck out 5. It’s no wonder he was named National League Pitcher of the Month for May. He certainly earned it. You can watch a montage of his outing by clicking here: http://m.mlb.com/sf/video/v33461649/?tcid=mm_sf_vid&c_id=sf
The GIANTS defense was amazing too. Not just the play Hunter Pence made in the 1st, but some of the plays Pablo, Hicks and Crawford made are going to make the highlight reel. Guaranteed. I think they’re having a happy flight, don’t you?