Before anything else, I guess I should mention Boston’s DH, David “Big Papi” Ortiz. He is retiring from baseball after the 2016 season and the Giants honored him with a genuine Cable Car bell, presented to him by our very own Willie “Stretch” McCovey. Jake Peavy and Javier Lopez–both former teammates of Big Papi–were on hand to help Willie Mac with the presentation. Willie Mac is a big fan of Big Papi.
Do you hear that sound? Shhh…listen closely, you can hear it. It’s the sound of the Dodgers creeping up behind us. We lost last night and they won–with a walk-off homer in the ninth. They’re getting closer.
I took Saturday’s loss in stride. I rationalized the hell out of Sunday’s loss. Today? I’m starting to get upset. June Swoon or no June Swoon–the back end of our rotation has put together a couple of quality starts, and between the lack of run-scoring and our bull pen we have handed the games over to the opponents.
Yeah, yeah, I know. On Sunday, Jake Peavy gave up back-to-back doubles and walked the next guy, effectively tossing our two-run lead to the wind. But even with that we could have left the sixth with the lead still intact. The Giants didn’t score again and the Cardinals did. End of story.
Tuesday, Albert Suarez gave us a great outing–and this coming from a guy whose name we didn’t even know when they broke camp after Spring Training. He gave us six and a third solid innings–allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out one. He did a great job, especially when you consider he was pitching to the hittingest team in the major leagues.
The Giants scored three runs–Jarrett Parker hit a solo home run in the third, and in the fourth the Giants did their back-to-back-to-back singles thing to create a run. Joe Panik led off with a base hit, followed by Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt. Brandon Crawford came to the plate and drew a walk, scoring Panik. Gregor Blanco, unfortunately, ground into a double play, but Duffy scored anyway.
Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth and held the Red Sox at bay, with the game tied. When he came back in the tenth things fell apart. He gave up a double, a walk and a single to load the bases. The next batter hit a grounder to third and Duffy threw the runner out at home. The bases remained loaded with one out. The next hitter’s single scored two runs and the damage was done.
Parker led-off the bottom of the inning with a single to start the rally, but was left standing at first while the next three batters flied out. The final score was:
Giants 3, Red Sox 5
I wrote this right after the game, but it was too late to post. I thought it might be better if I slept on it, hoping I would find something nice to say about the game in the morning. I figured I could fool myself into cheering up. Didn’t work.
You know what would make me really happy? A win tonight. We have Madison Bumgarner on the mound, Madison Bumgarner in the line up, and as far as I’m concerned that’s a good start.
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