The Mets’ pitcher, Bartolo Colon, was looking for his 200th career win today. He’s going to have to look somewhere else.
Yesterday, the GIANTS went down to the Mets, kicking and screaming. Today–different day, different story. It didn’t start off so great, though. File this one under: just because you get off to a shaky start, doesn’t mean you’re going to have a shaky finish. The exact opposite of yesterday’s lesson which was: just because you get off to a great start, doesn’t mean you’re going to have a great finish.
Madison Bumgarner was absolutely lights out. He pitched 9 complete innings, giving up 2 hits, 0 runs–he walked 1 and struck out 10. The shaky start was literally the start–Bumgarner walked the 1st batter he faced in the 1st inning. I said to myself “ooooh nooooo!” Turns out I rushed to judgment. Bumgarner struck out the next batter. When the next guy in the line-up hit a grounder to 3rd, the GIANTS turned a great double play–Sandoval to Duffy to Belt–and just like that, took care of the lead-off walk. It was smooth sailing from then on.
Offensively, the GIANTS were amazing. In the 3rd, Crawford got a base hit and came home on Pence’s 2-run HR. In the 4th, Belt hit a solo HR. In the 5th Bumgarner got a base hit, advanced to 2nd on a passed ball and made it safely home on Pence’s RBI double. Posey got Pence home with another RBI double and Sandoval plated Posey with an RBI single. Bumgarner drew a walk in the 7th and Posey hit a 2-run HR to bring him home. Pence finished things off with a solo HR in the 9th. The final score was:
GIANTS 9, Mets 0
Like the song says “what a difference a day makes…”