The Amazing Carnac holds a sealed envelope to his head, and using mental telepathy, foretells the answer to the question hidden inside. After giving the answer, “White Shark, Beast Mode, Superspeed and a baby Giraffe”, he tears open the envelope and reads: “How Did the GIANTS beat the Padres in 10 ?”
Tim Hudson pitched a magnificent game. He went 6 innings, gave up 3 hits, 1 run, NO walks and struck out 4. AND he laid down the perfect SAC bunt in the 3rd. Gregor Blanco–the White Shark–gets the award for the oddest run. He started off by bashing a HR in the 2nd–not odd, although it was his 1st HR of the season. That was the only run scored by either team until the 6th, when the Padres scored a run to tie the game. At the end of 6, the score was:
GIANTS 1, Padres 1
In the 7th, Blanco scored again–the odd run. He got a base hit, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, advanced to 3rd on a balk and scored when Panik hit a SAC fly to centerfield. In the bottom of the 7th, the Padres scored 2 runs. At the end of 7, the score was:
GIANTS 2, Padres 3
The GIANTS didn’t score in the 8th. Luckily, neither did the Padres. In the top of the 9th, Morse–Beast Mode–was the lead-off batter, facing Huston Street, the Padres closer, who entered the game with 23 for 23 saves this season. He took a swing at the 1st pitch and missed, but he didn’t miss the 2nd pitch, as soon as the ball left the bat, he knew where it was going and he did a happy dance–it wasn’t an in-your-face-show-up-Huston-Street happy dance, it was an OMG-that-was-my-14th-HR-of-the-season-and-it-couldn’t-have-come-at-a-better-time happy dance. Game tied. Again. Romo pitched the bottom half of the inning and got out of it unscathed, thanks, in no small part, to a huge diving stop by Crawford that kept the winning run from scoring. After 9, the score was:
GIANTS 3, Padres 3
and it was on to extra innings. But it only took 1. Pence was up 1st and he got things going with a lead-off double. It should have been a routine base hit, but Pence is Superspeed and he turned it into a double. Belt–the baby giraffe–was up next, in his 2nd game after coming off the DL. The count was 2-2 and he hit the ball–hard. So hard in fact, it sailed right out of the yard. Santiago Casilla pitched the 10th and got the save. If there was a stat for defensive save, it would go to Brandon Crawford. The final score was:
GIANTS 5, Padres 3
I read another GIANTS Blog, called West Coast Bias, and one of their readers–scottinapac–left the following as a comment:
“why did the Giants cross the road? to get to Huston Street.”
I liked that one.
Under the category of taking the bad with the good, the bad: the Kung Fu Panda left the game after only 1/2 an inning with a bruised elbow when a pitch he swung at hit him in the arm. Bochy said Pablo would be day to day, right now he is pretty sore. The good: Marco Scutaro could start rehabbing with the AAA team as early as next week and they are hopeful Pagan will be back after the All-Star break.
BTW–isn’t it time Brandon Crawford got a cool nickname?