I know we all grew up being taught you have to take the good with the bad. On the plus side–the good–the GIANTS added a game to their win column yesterday. The GIANTS and Rockies completed the May 22nd suspended game with a GIANTS victory. On the minus side–the bad–the GIANTS recorded their first loss in September after playing the regularly scheduled game that followed. It was a disappointing loss because the GIANTS jumped to an early lead, added on to it and kept it through 6 innings, only to have it snatched away by the last place Rockies.
May 22nd Game–continued
The GIANTS and the Rockies picked up the game right where they left off. It was the bottom of the 6th, with a runner at 1st and 2 outs. Jeremy Affeldt came in to pitch for the GIANTS–replacing David Huff, who plays baseball in the Bronx these days. In pinstripes no less. Affeldt only needed one out–and he got it–he struck out the 1st hitter he faced to end the inning. Both teams went scoreless in the 7th. Andrew Susac led-off for the GIANTS in the 8th with a base hit. Blanco moved him over to 2nd with a SAC bunt. Hunter Pence hit an RBI double, scoring Susac. Posey hit a single, advancing Pence to 3rd, and Ishikawa brought him home with a base hit. Neither team scored in the 9th. The final–finally–score was:
GIANTS 4, Rockies 2
The Regularly Scheduled Game
The GIANTS applied the old baseball rule–score early and often–in the 1st inning. Panik hit a single and Posey followed with another single. Pence came to the plate and in the words of our esteemed leader, Duane Kuiper: “hit high and deep, right center field, it is outtahere!” I just never get tired of hearing him say that. Joaquin Arias was up next and drew a walk, he advanced to 2nd when Gregor Blanco, batting next, also drew a walk. Arias scored on Crawford’s RBI single. They joined forces again in the 4th–I’m calling it the A, B, C offense for Arias, Blanco, Crawford–hitting this time though, not walking. Arias got a base hit, Blanco followed with another base hit, and Arias scored on Crawford’s RBI single. In the 5th, Posey led-off with a double, the Rockies intentionally walked Pence, Arias drew a walk and Blanco reached on a force out–when Blanco hit the ball, the Rockies had a better shot at getting Arias at 2nd and they took it. While all that was going on, Posey scored and Pence moved to 3rd. Crawford was up next and he hit an RBI double scoring Pence. The Rockies scored 2 runs in the 2nd. At the end of 5, the score was:
Hudson had a pretty good outing going. I was excited because I wanted to see him get a win at Coors Field–something he’s never done in his career–and right up until the 6th inning, things were looking good. That’s when the wheels came off the bus. The Rockies scored 4 runs in the 6th inning and 3 runs in the 7th, taking the lead. At the end of 7, the score was:
GIANTS 7, Rockies 9
The GIANTS did not go quietly. In the 9th, Panik–our rookies are the best!–got things started with a lead-off double. He scored on Posey’s RBI single. Juan Perez jumped in to pinch-run for Posey and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Perez scored on Pablo’s RBI single. The Rockies came up in the 9th and cobbled together some hits to win the game with a walk-off run. The final score was:
GIANTS 9, Rockies 10
The GIANTS fought hard and they fought to the end. The big disappointment comes from starting September with an L instead of a W, but not for long–the W’s are on their way. Also disappointing–it broke the GIANTS 6-game winning streak. That was pretty nice, huh? I’m glad you liked it because there’s more where that came from. Back to the plus side–the Dodgers lost last night. We continue to chip away at their lead–right now they are just 2 games ahead of the GIANTS. And there’s still plenty of baseball left.
Before we go, let’s talk about the Hunter Pence signs. They’ve become a thing. The fans have them at every ball park the GIANTS visit. I like them. They are funny, some are pretty clever and I love Hunter’s response–he made signs of his own. So I decided to make a Hunter Pence sign myself. It tells baseball fans absolutely everything they will ever need to know about Hunter Pence.