The Giants went and did it. They won seven in a row. None of us should seem surprised, but I am–just a little bit. I kept the faith, really, but I thought we were going to have to settle for three in a row wins, with a loss or two in between. You know what I mean–what with our back end on the fritz and our bats not gearing up…well, as you can plainly see I was completely wrong. I’ve never been happier.
Last night we were treated to another Johnny Cueto start. Even after a tough day, I couldn’t help but smile right along with Johnny Beisbol, as he showed us once again how much he enjoys playing baseball. He visited Sea World earlier in the day, got a kiss for luck and he was on his way.
San Diego scored first, but only once. The Giants scored only once too, but made it count more.
After Buster Posey opened the fourth by drawing a walk, Hunter Pence followed with a nice dinger–Padres right fielder Matt Kemp could only watch helplessly as it sailed over his head–that gave the Giants a one run lead. They kept it. Cueto pitched a complete game and for the second day in a row, the bullpen kicked back in their seats and put their feet up–figuratively speaking!–while the starter put the game away.
The really good stuff happened in the sixth inning, with the Giants defending. Matt Duffy came up with the ball when Madison Bumgarner’s pal, Padres first baseman Wil Myers, hit a soft grounder to third. It should have been an infield hit, but Duffy got it to Brandon Belt in time to get the out. Kemp was up next for the Padres–he tried the soft grounder toward third too–and we all watched, mouths agape, as Johnny Cueto leaped off the mound, grabbed the ball and made the perfect throw to first, getting the out and preventing another infield hit.
The final score was: Giants 2, Padres 1
Giants fans are in for another treat when Jeff Samardzija takes the hill tonight to deal with the Padres. Game time is 6:10 pm and will be shown on CSN-BA and heard on KNBR 680. For those of you who are Facebook users, follow and comment with fellow Giants fans on the game-time thread on the Kruk & Kuip Facebook page. It’s just like season tickets at the Yard. Here’s a link: