Yesterday the GIANTS faced-off against the “best team in the NL”, playing the Nationals in game 1 of the best of 5 NLDS. Of course, the Nationals were the favored winner. In fact, the baseball world gave them the “W” before the 1st pitch was thrown. They should file this one under the category “don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”
The GIANTS cobbled together 3 runs–1 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 1 in the 7th. I say “cobbled together” because the runs in the 3rd and 4th were scored on a combination of base hits, bunts, a passed ball and a stolen base. The run in the 7th started when Joe Panik hit a lead-off triple and scored on Buster’s RBI single. The Nationals hit 2 HRs in the 7th–both solo shots. Peavy was brilliant–he went 5.2 innings, gave up 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks and he struck out 3. I like Peavy’s passion, I like his fire. I like the way he reacts to his teammates. Yesterday after Crawford turned an extremely difficult play, he beat his chest, pointed at Crawford and said “that’s what I’m talking about!”–you had to be able to read lips to get that. The final score was:
The GIANTS won another game they weren’t supposed to win–after all, according to all the “talking heads”, the Nationals are the best team in the NL. That begs the question: if the GIANTS beat the “best” team in the NL, what does that make them? The bestest?
The answer to that question is YES! YES! YES!