Last night’s game between the GIANTS and the Rockies made me want to cry. But I didn’t, and do you know why? Because it’s baseball–and there’s no crying in baseball. At the very least, it brought tears to my eyes. After suffering 2 heartbreaking losses, the GIANTS and the GIANTS fans needed something to celebrate. A simple win would have been great. But last night’s game? Last night’s game wasn’t even close to a simple win.
It was an incredible, wonderful, excellent, fabulous, fantastic win. It was almost a perfect win. Literally.
Bumgarner pitched a complete game–he pitched all 9 innings–facing 28 batters. Do you know what that means? In a perfect game you face 27 batters–3 in each inning for 9 innings. Here’s what his line looked like–innings pitched: 9, hits allowed:1, runs allowed: 0, walks: 0, strike-outs: 13. Bumgarner pitched a perfect game through 7 innings, then the 1st batter he faced in the 8th hit a double. The perfect game bid ended there, but it didn’t shake Bumgarner–he struck out the next 3 batters in the 8th and shut down all 3 batters in the 9th. He was the very definition of “lights out”.
His battery mate–Buster Posey–handled the offense. In the 6th, after Pence drew a walk, Buster hit a 2-run bomb to put the GIANTS on the board. He did it again in the 8th–hit a HR–solo this time. The final score was:
GIANTS 3, Rockies 0
Bumgarner and Posey may have been the headliners of the show, but the rest of the GIANTS contributed to the win. Two great plays stand out. Blanco, playing left field, made an amazing catch at the wall in the 1st. It was a hit that might have given the Rockies momentum, but Blanco’s leaping catch stopped them dead in their tracks. In the 5th, Crawford kept the no-hitter intact with the perfect throw to 1st after scooping a ball before it reached the outfield. Last night the GIANTS played–as Bochy called it–“crisp baseball”. It was a huge win. A gargantuan win. The GIANTS needed it. So did the GIANTS fans. I almost cried–tears of joy.
BTW, some of the Stockton Junior GIANTS attended last night’s game. How lucky are they?! Nathaniel–the one in the middle–is a good friend of mine, and he has been a GIANTS fan all his life. He’s their #1 Fan!