Some days it pays to be good, some days it pays to be lucky. Most of the time it pays to be a little of both. The Giants were good today. Jake Peavy was good today. They were also lucky.
For starters, let’s talk about our starter. He pitched six and two-thirds innings‒a quality start, a great start‒allowing only one run, six hits, and one walk while striking out four. He turned the game over to the bullpen with a two-run lead. The bullpen was handling it well, but then in the eighth inning, the Padres scored two runs off reliever Josh Osich. Game tied.
Of course, you know what that means? Peavy doesn’t get the win. Again.
Hats off to Peavy, though. He keeps plugging away amidst a maelstrom of criticism and negative energy. He doesn’t need that from us. We’re Giants fans and he’s one of ours‒we’re supposed to be on his side. Let’s stay that way. When Peavy pitches, cross your fingers, toes, eyes and knees, shake out your chakras and devour a bucket of chicken, but in the end let’s wish him luck.
The Giants scored first, in the bottom of the second inning when Kelby Tomlinson singled Brandon Crawford home. They scored again in the sixth‒Gregor Blanco led-off with a stand-up triple and scored on Matt Duffy’s single.
The Giants scored again in the seventh‒Trevor Brown singled and scored on pinch hitter Denard Span’s double. Denard had the day off. Well, he got most of it, right? He gave the Giants a two run lead, and we like having the insurance. Turns out we needed a bigger insurance policy.
So, like I already mentioned, the Padres tied up the game in the eighth inning. We played through the ninth and on to the 10th. The 10th turned out to be our lucky inning. Duffy singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hunter Pence was brought in to pinch hit, but the magic wasn’t there for the Giants RBI king. That’s ok, Crawford the Giants RBI prince was up next and he brought the magic wandoo for the walk-off win. The final score was:
Giants 4, Padres 3
The Giants are off tomorrow and I guess that means I am too. I’ll try to stay out of trouble til Friday. If I can’t stay out of trouble I’ll try to be careful. You do the same.
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