I made a mistake with my blog for Friday night’s game. I should have called it Freaky Friday, because Saturday’s game between the GIANTS and the Rockies looked like a sequel. And it was pretty damn freaky.
It all started ok, Hunter Pence hit a solo HR in the bottom of the 1st, giving the GIANTS the lead right away. After 1, the score was:
GIANTS 1, Rockies 0
The Rockies apparently didn’t like taking a back seat, so in the top of the 2nd they came out swinging. Literally. And put 2 runs on the board. They put another run on the board in the 3rd. The GIANTS didn’t score in either inning and neither team scored in the 4th. After 4, the score was:
GIANTS 1, Rockies 3.
In the top of the 5th, Vogey pitched his best inning of the game, retiring the Rockies 1, 2, 3. In the bottom of the 5th, with Hunter Pence on base, Buster Posey hit a 2-run HR to tie the game. The GIANTS scored again in the 7th when Angel Pagan hit a single, Hunter Pence moved him over with another single and Buster Posey hit a SAC fly, allowing Angel to tag up and score the run. After 7, the score was:
GIANTS 4, Rockies 3
Neither team scored in the 8th inning. Then along came the 9th inning–the same inning where the GIANTS imploded in Friday night’s game. Saturday’s game proved to be more of the same. With 2 outs, the Rockies got a runner on base, and the next batter hit a bloop out to center field that was sure to score the tying run. But, it took a strange hop, and instead of the base hit everyone expected, it turned into an inside the park home run, scoring not only the tying run, but the go-ahead run. The next hitter flyed out and the GIANTS were up. That’s when things got really freaky.
Arias stepped in to pinch-hit for Adrianza and ground out. Sanchez was up to the plate next, pinch-hitting in the pitcher’s spot. He swung at the 1st pitch he saw and popped the ball, high, right in the middle of the infield. The Rockie’s 3rd baseman called everyone off, but the shortstop didn’t see him and rushed up to catch the pop fly. BTW–the infield fly rule doesn’t apply here and I don’t know why because I understand the Infield Fly Rule about as well as I understand the Rule Against Perpetuities. Both players were doing the pop-up dance and they ran into one another, collapsing in a pile on the infield. Sanchez, who fully expected to be out, ran for 1st like a good big-leaguer and was safe. Apparently, his running abilities aren’t what was needed, because Bochy replaced him with a pinch-runner. Two-time Cy Young Award winning starting pitcher Tim Lincecum aka “The Freak” as the pinch-runner. Angel Pagan batted next. He hit a ground ball into a double play, Timmy was out at 2nd and the umpire called Pagan out at 1st. Pagan disagreed, Bochy must have as well, because he asked for a video review. The reviewing umpires, from their command center in New York City, ruled that the call would stand. Game over. Final score:
GIANTS 4, Rockies 5
By the way, today was Gamer Babe day at the Yard. You’re all on notice–next year, on Gamer Day, we’re going to the game. All of us. Together.