Here’s what Lou Brown in Major League II said about a winning streak:
“We won a game yesterday, if we win one today that’s two in a row. If we win one tomorrow that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before. SO LET’S JACK IT UP A LITTLE!”
Today is the Giants day to jack it up a little.
Although, they did a really good job of that yesterday. Especially Jake Peavy.
Peavy pitched a great game, his best of the season so far. He was dialed in—making his pitches, finding his location and the icing on the cake: a two RBI single in the fourth after the Marlins walked the bases loaded to pitch to him. I guess they were thinking easy out or double play ball, but they were wrong. So very, very wrong.
I said after Friday’s game I thought Jeff Samardzija was trying to give Madison Bumgarner a little competition for best-hitting pitcher. I changed my mind. I think they are all in a competition to see which pitcher is the best hitter. Works for me. The more hits the merrier, Giants fans aren’t picky about where they come from.
Speaking of hits—the Giants bats were pretty busy last night. They did their scoring Giants-style, small ball, and getting an extra base hit here and there. The Giants scored two runs in the first and two in the fourth—the two Peavy knocked in.
And then there’s the guy the Marlins walked in the fourth to get to Peavy—Gregor Blanco—the White Shark. He led off the seventh with a triple, all he needed was a single to bring him home. Kelby Tomlinson pinch hit and gave it to him. The Giants continued hitting singles until Tomlinson scored.
In the eighth inning with one out, Blanco hit another triple and in my head I could hear the theme music from Jaws. Angel Pagan hit a sac fly scoring Blanco. The final score was:
Giants 7, Marlins 2
I don’t know about you, but I’m watching today to see what the Giants do, of course. I’m also watching to see what kind of shenanigans Donnie Baseball pulls today. Friday night he got tossed in the fourth—for chirping from the dugout is my guess. When he came out of the dugout to argue with the home plate umpire, he was just getting his money’s worth, he’d already been tossed. I just can’t figure out what he was chirping about. The hitter at the plate had just taken a big swing and a miss. Surely Mattingly wasn’t arguing the strike call.
Then there was last night’s replay review. In the second inning, Mattingly challenged a force play at second. Prior to the Marlins base runner reaching the base, Brandon Crawford caught the ball with his foot on the bag and he stepped off to make the throw to first. He decided not to make the throw and, still holding the ball, stepped on second base again. Here’s the kicker: the Marlins base runner never made it to the bag—he stopped his slide just short of reaching.
I think Donnie needs to get fitted for a new hat. I think the one he is wearing might be too tight. Or maybe he needs to line the one he has with tin foil.
We play the Marlins for the final game in the series today at 1:05. The game will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680.
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