The Worm Turns

Monday Night

1.09.16.blancoWe thought the GIANTS got bit by a poisonous snake Monday night. Turned out to be nothin’ but a big ol’ worm painted to look like a dangerous snake. The real mascot is actually Baxter, the Bobcat. Huh? Who knew? That’s Gregor getting acquainted with him Monday night.

Tuesday Night

The GIANTS played a much better game on Tuesday night. They didn’t score that early, they didn’t score that often–but they did score enough. Enough to win. Who could ask for anything more?

1.09.16.peav11Peavy pitched a great game. He went 7.2 innings–gave up 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and he struck out 4. Romo came in to pitch in the 8th–with 2 men out and 2 men on–and faced one of Arizona’s big bats. The hitter flied out to end the inning. Casilla pitched a 1, 2, 3 shut down 9th to get the save. The GIANTS scored 1 run in the 4th when Buster Posey hit a solo HR. Arizona tied it up in the 6th when their 2nd baseman hit a triple and their centerfielder followed up with an RBI single. The GIANTS took the lead again in the 7th–and kept it. Hunter Pence hit a single, advanced on Ishikawa’s base hit and scored on Crawford’s RBI SAC fly. The final score was:

imageGIANTS 2, Arizona 1

Wednesday Night

The rubber game of the series–with one win each, this game would decide the series. The GIANTS had Bumgarner on the mound and for the most part he pitched a great game. A couple of times, though, he kinda made me nervous. Yeah, I’m not gonna lie to you, a couple of times he took my breath away. And not  the good  kind of  breathtaking way–but the bad kind: where your heart stutters, beads of sweat dot your forehead and your breathing becomes labored. I know it sounds just like the good kind–trust me–it was not. 1.09.17.susHe pitched 6 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks, but he struck out 6. The scary stuff happened right away. After shutting down the GIANTS with a 1, 2, 3 first inning, Arizona came to the plate. The lead-off guy got a base hit, the next guy followed with another base hit and the 3rd batter hit a SAC fly to move both runners over–putting the lead-off hitter on 3rd base. With Arizona’s clean-up hitter–Trumbo–at the plate, Bumgarner launched a wild pitch that got past Susac. What happened next is the stuff of highlight reels. The hitter at the plate stepped back, motioned to the lead-off guy on 3rd, who took off gunning for home–but the ball hit the backstop and caromed right back into Susac’s glove–thanks to Susac’s perfect read on the ball–Susac turned and tagged the runner out just as he went into a slide at the plate. OUT!! Wow–that was so close.

1.09.17.beltArizona eventually scored–1 run in the 2nd and 1 run in the 5th. The GIANTS 1st run came in the 2nd, with 2 outs, Susac came to the plate and drew a walk. He scored when Crawford followed with an RBI double. In the 5th, Crawford led-off with a base hit, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, moved over to 3rd on Bumgarner’s SAC bunt, and then scored on Blanco’s SAC bunt. In the 9th inning, with the score tied, Pablo led-off with a walk, Crawford hit a single, Belt–Welcome Back, Brandon Belt!!–kept the line moving with another walk, and the bases were loaded. Duffy–the clutch-hitting rookie–pinch hit in the pitcher’s spot and hit a line drive to centerfield that had enough gas to score both Pablo and Crawford, adding 2 RBI’s to his stats. The final score was:

1.09.17.duffGIANTS 4, Arizona 2

How about a little more good news? In the last 3 games the GIANTS won 2 and the Dodgers lost 2. Tuesday the Rockies beat the Dodgers 10-4 and Wednesday the Rockies beat them 16-2. Now, I know I made all kinds of noise the other day about a loss is just a loss–doesn’t matter how big the score is, it’s still just one loss–yada, yada, yada. But the Rockies beat the Dodgers 16 to 2! sixteen to two!!! that wasn’t just a loss, that was a slaughter. I know what I said. But–you gotta admit–sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but sometimes–sometimes it’s a really good smoke.

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