I didn’t watch much of the game yesterday. I was celebrating with my cousin’s daughter, Sydney. I had a lot of fun, got to talk some baseball with my cousin’s son who works for the Root Sports covering the Rockies, so of course, I had to mention how well we did at our game earlier. Actually I said, and I quote‒”we kicked you’re a** today.” He laughed.
Sure we kicked their a** yesterday, but it didn’t always look so great for the Giants. The Giants got off to an early lead when Buster Posey hit a three run home run in the first inning, bringing home Joe Panik‒who drew a walk, and Matt Duffy‒who was hit by a pitch.
Jarrett Parker led off the second inning with a double, advanced to third on Brandon Crawford’s soft ground out and scored on Madison Bumgarner’s sac fly.
Bumgarner allowed the Rockies one run in the fifth, but the bullpen gave up four runs in the seventh, giving the Rockies a one-run lead.
The Giants didn’t give up and go away easily. In the top of the eighth, Panik led off with a base hit and Duffy followed with another single. Buster got up and gave us an encore, hitting a home run scoring Panik and Duffy. Two three-run homers in one game. Isn’t this what makes baseball great?
The Giants weren’t done, though. The Rockies changed pitchers and Brandon Belt hit a double. Parker singled scoring Belt. Brandon Crawford and Cory Gearrin each came up with a single to load the bases. After that, Gregor Blanco took a swing at the first pitch he saw and sent it into right field, allowing both Crawford and Gearrin to score. The final score was:
Giants 10, Rockies 5
There were a bunch of Dodgers fans at the party, and they got to crow about how well the boys in blue did against Noah Syndegaard yesterday. What they failed to mention was the assist the Dodgers got from the home plate umpire. Seems Syndegaard threw behind Utley, apparently in retaliation for the bad slide Utley took in play offs last year, breaking the Mets’ second baseman’s leg. The umpire tossed Syndegarrd immediately. The Mets were forced to burn through their bullpen and the Dodgers won. The final score was Mets 1, Dodgers 9.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t up on baseball news‒chalk it up to trying to get ready for the party while keeping an eye on our game‒hey! I’m no multi-tasker. Had I known, I could have told the Dodger fan as he crowed about how they beat the Mets legendary pitcher‒you didn’t beat Syndegaard, Syndegaard beat Syndegaard. Well, Syndegaard and a home plate umpire who has a penchant for strict adherence to the written rules of baseball.
We have another day game today‒first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm with Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Giants. A Johnny Beisbol start is a happy start. You can watch the game on CSN-BA or listen to it on KNBR 680.
As always, you are welcome to join the game time thread on Facebook’s Kruk & Kuip page to virtually hang out with other Giants fans. Bring a beer, you’re invited. Follow the link below: