Don’t Be Sad

huddy3_giants_600Yesterday’s game was a lower scoring game than the previous game, and the 9th inning was torturous, but other than those and a few other silly little details–it was a repeat. Oh, another difference? Miami drew 1st blood. And being a good GIANTS fan, I know that when the GIANTS are the 1st on the board they usually win. So when the other team scores 1st? Let’s just say my usual sunny disposition goes behind a cloud. Here’s what happened:

The GIANTS didn’t score in the 1st inning. In fact, the Marlins’ pitcher retired the GIANTS–1, 2, 3. The Marlins scored when it was their turn at the plate. Thinking the GIANTS were sunk because they didn’t score 1st, I wasn’t happy. After 1, the score was:

GIANTS 0, Marlins 1

Pablo kick started the 2nd inning with a lead-off double. When it was Belt’s turn at bat, he hit an RBI double to score Pablo. I started to smile a little. While Blanco was at the plate, on a passed ball, Belt took 3rd, sliding. The catcher recovered the ball and threw to the 3rd baseman but the ball ended up in left field. Belt popped up from his slide and took off for home. He made it. After 2, the score was:

GIANTS 2, Marlins 1

belt.miamiI felt much better. But Belt didn’t. He left the game–no reason given. The GIANTS didn’t score in the 3rd, and fortunately, neither did Miami. Pablo was the lead-off batter–again–in the 4th and he got things going with a base hit. When Colvin (he was put in the line-up when Belt came out so he could play left field while Morse covered 1st) came to the plate he took a few pitches and then got hit by 1. He took 1st and Pablo moved over to 2nd. With 2 outs, Miami intentionally walked Blanco to get to Hudson. With the bases loaded, Hudson drew a walk–not intentional–to score a run. What’s that–an RWI? He was awarded an RBI and 1st base. Hunter was up next and he hit a 2 RBI single that plated both Colvin and Blanco. At the end of 4, the score was:

GIANTS 5, Marlins 1

Hudson pitched a great game, going 7.1 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 run and no walks while striking out 3. Miami scored 2 more runs in the bottom of the 9th–including another HR from NL HR leader Giancarlo Stanton–before Casilla finished them off. The final score was:

GIANTS 5, Marlins 3

Today’s game was, unfortunately, not a repeat. Lincecum was on the mound and he gave up 2 runs in the 1st. But I wasn’t worried. The GIANTS won yesterday even though Miami scored 1st, so no big deal. Morse led-off the GIANTS half of the 2nd with a double, but was still standing on 2nd when the inning ended. Uh-oh. In the 3rd, Pence hit a single and Scutaro followed with a single of his own advancing Pence to 2nd. Posey smacked a 2 RBI double to left field scoring both Pence and Scutaro. Game tied. And I was feeling pretty happy. After 3, the score was:

GIANTS 2, Marlins 2

The game stayed tied at 2-2 until the 7th when Miami’s shortstop hit a double, moved to 3rd on a SAC bunt and scored on a wild pitch that Sanchez tried in vain to smother–it got away. The GIANTS didn’t score after that. Oh well. Gotta stay positive.  The final score was:

GIANTS 2, Marlins 3

So, the GIANTS lost today’s game, but they still won the series. Like Meatloaf said: “now, don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad.”

 

Update on Brandon Belt: he is being placed on the 7 day concussion DL. He was hit in the face with a ball yesterday during warm-ups when another player got their signals crossed. The other player threw the ball to Belt who was focusing on the throw he knew he was coming from Brandon Crawford. Where did the other ball come from? Who knows–it probably came out of left field. Let’s keep him in our thoughts. Get better Brandon!

 

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