GIANTS fans take heart. 1st of all, let’s put things in perspective. If you went to the game you had the opportunity to meet Thelma–the Ultimate Gamer Babe. Thelma left the GIANTS game with a baseball that she held up for the crowd to admire as her driver whisked her away down to the Embarcadero, honking their horn the whole way.
What can we take away from this? have fun, it’s baseball, it’s supposed to be fun!!
and you know what else?
there’s no crying in baseball!!!
There’s good news and bad news. The good news: for the 1st time in the 3-game series, the GIANTS shut down the Rockies 1, 2, 3 in the 9th inning. The bad news? We can’t say the same about the 8th inning. The GIANTS went into the 8th with a comfortable lead, but-I swear to the gods of baseball-I didn’t take that for granted.
The GIANTS scored 1st, in the bottom of the 2nd. The Rockies pitcher walked Tyler Colvin and Brandon Crawford. Adrianza hit an RBI single to score Colvin, Bumgarner hit an RBI SAC bunt–that ended up being a single when Bumgarner made it safely to 1st–scoring Crawford. Pence came up with a base hit for an RBI when Adrianza came home. At the end of 2, the score was:
GIANTS 3, Rockies 0
The Rockies scored 2 runs in the 3rd, but the GIANTS made up for them in the 4th with back-to-back solo HRs from Hector Sanchez and the Panda. Hector entered the game because in the top of the 4th Buster took a ball to his face mask. Buster finished catching the top half of the inning, but because he was experiencing headaches when he got back to the dugout, he came out of the game. The Rockies scored another run in the 5th and Bumgarner cancelled it out with his own solo Big Fly in the bottom of the inning. The GIANTS scored again in the 6th, when Colvin’s RBI single brought the Panda home. The Rockies scored once in the 7th. Bumgarner’s day was done, after pitching 7 innings, he gave up 6 hits, 4 runs, walked 4 and struck out 9. That’s an impressive outing by itself. But add to that an RBI and a solo HR and you’ve got an outstanding outing. After 7, the score was:
GIANTS 7, Rockies 4
Then came the 8th inning. And the 8th inning looked just like the 9th inning from the day before and the day before that. The Rockies scored 4 runs and the GIANTS didn’t. But that’s baseball.
Final score: GIANTS 7, Rockies 8
I think Madison Bumgarner has a point: “This stinks for us. We should’ve won a lot of these games that we lost this homestand. We’re just going through a tough stretch right now. You know you’re going to have some adversity throughout the year.” He also said, “We’re not playing all that bad here, it doesn’t seem like. We’re just finding ourselves on the losing side.”
Yup. That about summed it up. I’ve got a new Kuipism and I decided this is the perfect opportunity to use it. It’ll give you something to think about: “you know, a pat on the back and a kick in the butt’s about 6 inches difference.”–Duane Kuiper What do you think, should we give the GIANTS a pat on the back or a kick in the butt? You decide.
My friend Nathaniel went to the game on Father’s Day. He is a HUGE GIANTS fan. Probably their biggest fan ever. Even though the GIANTS didn’t win the game, he had a great time. Know why? Because he got to watch his favorite team play baseball and he was with his 2 favorite people in the world: his parents. What could be better than that?
photos courtesy of Kandy, Jamie and Lisa