Last week I was “Singin’ the Blues”–paraphrasing Carole King–“sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” Yesterday I was thinking a little more George Harrisonish–but sounding kinda like a platitude with “All Things Must Pass”. I decided to get off the Billboard Top 40 and get literary because L. Frank Baum stated it perfectly in The Marvelous Land of Oz when he said “Everything has to come to an end, sometime.” That’s not a platitude, that’s a fact. Yesterday’s loss to the Padres brought a sad end to some things that we GIANTS fans were really enjoying–big time. Things like a consecutive win streak–5 in a row, a consecutive wins at home streak–we were up to 8, a shut-out streak–not quite there yet, but we could see it from where we were with back-2-back shutouts. The GIANTS were streaking with their uni’s on.
And here’s the goofy part–we won the series against the Friars. The GIANTS took on the NL West’s 2nd place team and mopped the floor with them. We even swapped places with them for a minute–and shoved the Padres right down to 3rd. We didn’t sweep, but we still won 2 out of 3–God knows I’ve said this before–and, like Meatloaf, I’m a firm believer in 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. It’s something to celebrate.
Monday night’s game wasn’t a given, but Bumgarner was on the mound–that’s as close to a given as you’re gonna get. We should never ASSume, though–you know what happens when you ASSume–the baseball gods kick your ass, hmm? You thought I was going to say something else, didn’t you?
Speaking of an ass-kicking, that’s exactly what Bumgarner delivered Monday night. He had his good stuff with him, he took a no-hitter into the 7th and ended the night with a W and a shut-out. The GIANTS got on the board in the 3rd when Aoki scored on Pagan’s RBI single and Panik scored when Maxwell drew a walk with the bases loaded–Maxwell’s 1st RWI–no, it’s not really a thing, but I like it–as a GIANT. The final score was:
GIANTS 2, Padres 0
Tuesday’s game was was not a given either. We had Vogey on the mound and I had high hopes. His last game was a big disappointment–like I said in my post about it–I was not disappointed in his performance, I was seriously disappointed in some of the fans reactions. Vogey took the mound, and not only did he look great out there, he made me look smart. I can always use help with that. Vogelsong took a shutout into the 7th–and when he left the field to a standing O and thunderous applause–he must have been wearing cowboy boots too, because he delivered an even bigger ass kicking than Bumgarner. One thing to note–Vogey shaved his beard–maybe it was unlucky? Aoki was brilliant on defense, the guys were manufacturing runs like an aircraft factory during a war, Panik went yard and the GIANTS chalked up another shutout victory. The final score was:
GIANTS 6, Padres 0
Wednesday? The wheels came flying off the bus. The Padres rang up Chris Heston like they were clerks at Walmart. He struggled the 1st two innings and managed a clean getaway both times. Unfortunately, the 3rd inning turned into a Padres hit parade–they scored 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk. All 9 Padres starters reached base at some point during the game. After the disastrous 3rd, Heston picked himself up and dusted himself off–he gave up 2 more hits and a walk, but NO more runs–and he stayed in the game through the 5th. I know he’ll get back on track his next outing. He’s a GIANT–and a really good one at that. He might want to take a page out of Vogey’s book and shave the beard before his next start. Just sayin’. The bullpen took over in the 6th–Lopez gave up a run in the 7th, and Machi gave up 3 more in the 8th. The GIANTS scored 1 run in the 3rd to avoid the shutout–Matt Duffy scored on Aoki’s base hit–and I couldn’t wait to see this game end. The final score was:
GIANTS 1, Padres 9