That didn’t go at all the way I had it in my mind. I was pretty sure the Giants would bring their best stuff—and they did. For a while.
First of all, let me say Jake Peavy did a great job. So he got off to a shaky start—he righted the ship when he got out of a big jam. Plus, he got a hit and scored a run to get the Giants on the board in the second.
The offense got some hits, and scored some runs, but there were a couple of wasted opportunities—like leaving the bases loaded, twice. Who would have thought we’d need all those insurance runs? Through it all, Angel Pagan has remained hot, hot, hot. The guy absolutely sizzles at the plate. At the end of five the score was:
Giants 6, Arizona 2
We had a four run lead, but there was plenty of baseball game left.
When all was said and done, it came down to the bullpen. Unfortunately, that’s where things fell apart. Peavy allowed two more runs in the sixth and Hunter Strickland gave up two runs in the eighth, tying the score. The Giants scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the inning.
Santiago Casilla came in for the save in the ninth—it was to be his 100th save, a huge milestone—but unfortunately, he gave up a home run to the Snakes with two outs and on a 2-2 count. Talk about a heartbreaker. He’ll get them next time, I know he will.
When it went into extra innings the bullpen was taxed to the limits and the wheels came off the bus. The Diamondbacks scored two more runs in the 11th and the Giants weren’t able to recover them. It was close to midnight before they finished. The final score was:
Giants 7, Arizona 9
I said the bullpen was part of the problem, but I think I should point out the two rookie pitchers from the bullpen who dominated when they pitched. Cory Gearrin pitched two innings, allowing two hits and striking out one hitter. Derek Law “D Law” pitched the tenth with one pop out and two strike outs. So far in his big league career he’s faced seven hitters–he allowed one hit, one popped out and he has five strike outs. I can’t wait to see where he takes this.
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