And it ain’t over yet. The GIANTS beat the Nationals in the NLDS. The prize? The GIANTS face the Cardinals in the battle for the NLCS, a best of 7 series. Sound familiar? It should–we’ve been here before. Remember Scutaro, arms raised to the skies? As the very talented Ashkon put it–“a taste of the heavens we won it in seven as it rained and poured!”
The GIANTS went into last night’s game with the advantage, having won 2 games in the best of 5 series to the Nationals 1 game. One of two things could happen: the GIANTS win and end the series as the victor in San Francisco, or the GIANTS lose and travel to Washington, DC for the rubber game of the series. Nobody wanted to go to Washington. Well, nobody except the Nationals, that is.
First of all, Vogey did a tremendous job. He went 5.2 innings–he gave up 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and he struck out 4. The GIANTS defense was on fire–especially the unbelievable, amazing catch by Hunter Pence in the top of the 6th to take away a hit from the Nationals that was sure to result in extra bases.
The GIANTS got on the board early–putting up 2 runs in the 2nd that went like this: Brandon Crawford hit a single, Juan Perez reached on an error by the Nationals, Vogey laid down a SAC bunt that was so good he moved both runners over and reached 1st safely. With the bases loaded, Blanco came up and drew a walk, scoring Crawford. Perez scored on Panik’s RBI groundout. At the end of 2, the score was:
GIANTS 2, Nationals 0
The Nationals scored 1 run in the 5th and then a solo HR in the 7th to tie the game. It didn’t stay tied very long. In the bottom of the 7th, Panik reached on a base hit, Posey followed with another base hit and Pence drew a walk to load the bases for Pablo. With Pablo at the plate, the Nats pitcher threw a wild pitch–the catcher couldn’t recover it quickly enough, which allowed Panik, the go-ahead run, to score. Game no longer tied. And, believe it or not, it happened again. The Nats pitcher threw another wild pitch–this time Buster tried to score but he was called out at the plate. After a video review the call was upheld and the GIANTS were held to 1 run in the 7th. Romo came in and pitched a 1, 2, 3 shut down 8th and Casilla pitched the 9th for the save and a Buster Hug. The final score was:
GIANTS 3, Nationals 2
What a game! I was so nervous, I was tempted to mix up some cocktails–actually, I was considering a drink straight from the bottle–to steady my nerves. Although, honestly? Another game like that and I’m going to have to get a prescription for Xanax.