It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over

imageAnd 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.

imageFirst 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, imageJuan 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 imagetied. 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

imageWhat 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.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over

  1. Jp says:

    your excitment shines throuhg, but kinda of dry, put in things that you can’t get from the standard review. 5.2 innings, I am not sure that’s the correct notation for 5 2/3 inning. and the second wild pitch was an intentional walk gone bad which lends to the state nationals during the game. And that pitcher did block the plate, what’s that all about? the giants didn’t even score on a hit, not sure how often that happens in general, ty for the effort

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    • Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment–it helps! I use the _.1 or _.2 just because that’s how it is annotated in the box scores. It does not give a complete picture–for instance a pitcher who gets 1 out, faces 2 more hitters, but taken out prior to next out. The problem is I’m trying to summarize as much as possible. And the thing about the pitcher blocking the plate–I’m not sure that rule has had all the kinks worked out. Unfortunately, the broadcast I watched was on Fox Sports and they didn’t have much of an explanation other than to say that the other players are subject to the rule in the same way catchers are. So apparently the review umpires either: a) didn’t think he was blocking the plate or b) he blocked the plate after he received the ball. I think the rule needs clarification–a lot of clarification–because I’m not convinced it’s applied uniformly. Again, thanks for reading #GoGIANTS!

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