I’m not gonna lie to you–that one hurt. It was difficult to watch. I can’t begin to count the number of text messages, PM’s, and various other forms of communication–remember when it was just phones? and they were attached to a wall?–I received during the game, saying things like: “I can’t watch this” or “this is too painful” or “I’m going to take a nap”. Oh, it all started well enough, and Vogey–God Bless Vogey–pitched a decent game while he was there. I realize it wasn’t his best, and he was in for just a few innings, but he kept the Nats in check. The bullpen though? That was a different story altogether. We are just not used to that. We’re spoiled. Generally, when the GIANTS bullpen steps in its game over. But not this time–no, not this time. Not even a little bit.
I don’t even know where to begin talking about yesterday’s game. It was so ridiculous, it’s almost laughable. I know this: Peavy was peeved–to say the very least–he was thrown out of the game, and he wasn’t even in it! Hudson–who seems like he’s not quite as volatile as Peavy–was thrown out before Peavy, and he wasn’t playing either. Apparently they were chirping from the dugout and the 3rd base ump took offense. By the end of the game, Buster looked mad enough to spit–but he didn’t because he’s, you know, Buster–and I have no idea what the heck happened. But when I find out you’ll be the first to know.
Pagan was not in the line-up because he strained his calf muscle in a previous game and it tightened up on him. Blanco played centerfield and led-off in his place. In the 1st inning–after working the Nats pitcher to a full count, he sent the next pitch yard. The beauty of it was–not to mention the fact that it put the GIANTS on the board–the ump called a strike on a pitch that was damn near in the dirt. Blanco was shocked, I was shocked, hells bells–Kruk and Kuip were shocked. So what do you do when the ump tries to take away your bat? Well, you hit a home run, of course. In the 2nd inning, Ishikawa led-off, and he liked what Blanco did so much he copied him. After 2, the score was:
GIANTS 2, Nationals 0
The GIANTS scored 3 runs in the 3rd, and it went like this: Pence-base hit, Posey-base hit, Sandoval-SAC fly moving Pence to 3rd, Morse-RBI double to score Pence and move Buster to 3rd, Ishikawa-SAC fly to score Posey, and Crawford-RBI single, plating Morse. The Nationals scored 2 runs in the 4th. After 4, the score was:
GIANTS 5, Nationals 2
The GIANTS scored another run in the 6th–an insurance run–Blanco led-off the inning with a triple and Pence hit a SAC fly to right field to bring him home. They should have gotten a bigger insurance policy. In the bottom of the 6th, Vogey struck out the lead-off guy and then gave up a solo HR to the next hitter. That’s when Bochy called for the bullpen. The Nationals scored 5 more runs in the 6th, 1 in the 7th and 5 more in the 8th. The final score was:
GIANTS 6, Nationals 14. looks like a football score, doesn’t it?
The 6th, 7th, & 8th innings were crazy, weird, wild and whacky. What’s really odd–that usually works in the GIANTS favor. But not this time–no, not this time. Not even a little bit.