Sometimes I think the GIANTS are just an all or nothing sort of team. Lately it seems like they either: don’t score at all OR they score a whole bunch. Reminds me of the old saying “fish, or cut bait.” Last night they fished. And caught themselves a bunch of Marlins.
Last night’s game wasn’t what I would call exciting. It wasn’t an edge-of-your-seat kind of game. It did, however, make me grin like an idiot for a couple of hours. Bumgarner pitched, and was, as advertised, the GIANTS Ace. He went 6 innings and gave up 4 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 7. He faced 23 batters.
The offense got going in the 2nd inning. Morse hit a double. Crawford came to the plate, took a few pitches, then he smacked the ball and sent it flying for a 2 run HR. In the 3rd inning Pence drew a walk, moved to 2nd on Panik’s groundout, and flew home–Superspeed style–on Buster Posy’s RBI single. Posey advanced to 3rd on Pablo’s base hit and came home on Colvin’s RBI single. After 3, the score was:
GIANTS 4, Marlins 0
Pence led-off in the 5th with a double. Panik followed with a base hit and Pence advanced to 3rd. Posey scored Pence with an RBI single. Pablo batted next, and with 2 men on, hit a 3 run HR. Morse hit a double and moved to 3rd on Belt’s productive out. Crawford plated Morse with a SAC fly. At the end of 5, the score was:
GIANTS 9, Marlins 0
Miami slugger and NL homerun leader, Giancarlo Stanton, hit a solo HR in the 6th to score the Marlin’s only run in the game and to keep Miami from being shut-out. The final score was:
GIANTS 9, Marlins 1
Ok, so we know Pence’s superpower is speed. Superspeed. But maybe we should just call him Superman because in yesterday’s game he channeled Superman’s ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound with an amazing catch that had him leaping up the right field wall. He made the catch in foul territory saving Bumgarner a few pitches. It was amazing to watch.
And that, my friends, is how the GIANTS kicked off the second half of the season.