Just like I said in my last blog post the catchphrase for the 2014 GIANTS should be ‘Feast or Famine’. Last night’s game, sadly, was a little bit of both–all rolled into 1 game.
The GIANTS jumped into a nice lead in the 4th. Posey hit a single, Pablo followed with a double and then Morse brought them, and himself, home with a 3-run HR. Bumgarner pitched a beaut-going 7 full innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, no walks, and he struck out 9. He was brilliant.
Then came the famine
The fightin’ Phills fought back in the 5th with a solo HR and then in the 8th with a 2-run HR, tying the game. But the GIANTS battled back in the bottom of the 8th. Pablo got a base hit, Blanco moved him over to 2nd with a SAC bunt, and Panik hit a nice single to right field which got Pablo safely to 3rd, but he was in super Panda mode and he continued to head for home in an attempt to score the go-ahead run. He didn’t make it. The Phillie’s right fielder fired a rocket to the Phillie’s catcher and Pablo was tagged out to end the inning. After 8, the score was:
GIANTS 3, Phillies 3
Neither team scored in the 9th. The Phillies cobbled together a couple of runs in the 10th with a double, a SAC bunt–with the hitter reaching anyway–a walk, a hit batter and a SAC fly. The GIANTS didn’t score again. The final score was:
GIANTS 3, Phillies 5
The GIANTS keep fighting. They’re keeping a positive frame of mind. Same with the GIANTS fans. You think “Together We’re Giant” is just a marketing slogan? Think again–We Believe–Together We’re GIANT. Those guys play with a lot of heart. When they get out there on that field they’re playing to win. Every time. You can see it in their faces. That’s why when the GIANTS lose, it reminds me of something Yogi Berra once said: “I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.” That’s how I feel. When the GIANTS win, I get it! They are the GIANTS after all. But when they lose? I’m perplexed.
It’s the middle of August. The post-season will be here before we know it. Now is the time when everyone starts to pay close attention to the pennant chase. We watch the standings like hawks. I bring this up because in the spirit of bad news/good news, there’s this: the GIANTS lost last night–that’s the bad news—but so did the Dodgers–that’s the good news. That means the GIANTS are the same 5.5 games back today as they were yesterday. You know, that reminds me of something else Yogi Berra once said: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” and it sure ain’t over yet. Not by a long shot.