Old, sure. Shop-worn, without a doubt. Still applies? Absolutely, no question. I’m talking about Giants Torture. It’s back. And it’s killing me.
Am I happy with the outcome of Wednesday night’s game against Boston? of course. It was a hard-fought, well-won battle that put many of us to sleep through the third, woke us up with a splash in the fourth, lulled us back to sleep until the eighth and had us on the edge of our seats in the ninth.
Remind you of 2010? It did me.
Boston hit a home run in the top of the fourth, and the Giants responded in the bottom of the inning, tying the game.
I was thrilled for Brandon Belt who smashed the ball over for a splash hit in the fourth. #69–the last one, #68 was hit in September 2014 by none other than: Brandon Belt. Of the last ten splash hits, Belt has belted five. He has a way to go before he catches up to Barry, but he could get there.
File this under “you gotta take the good with the bad.” Mac Williamson had a career moment when, in the bottom of the eighth inning, he took Boston pitcher David Price long, for his first big league dinger. He just cleared the cute car sign in left field and gave the Giants the lead. In the top of the ninth, with Santiago Casilla pitching, and Williamson playing in left, Boston hit the ball deep to left but Williamson couldn’t field it, earning an error and landing the hitter on second base.
Fortunately for us, manager Bruce Bochy did his pitching-switching magic, and the bullpen ended the game. Hunter Strickland got the save, but it was a combined effort. Casilla got the first out, Javy Lopez got the second out and Strickland put away the last batter. It was still TORTURE! The final score was:
Giants 2, Boston 1
There was more good news last night from LA–the Dodgers lost, so we gained back the ground we lost the night before. The Dodgers come to town this weekend, and it’s do or die time.
Other news: the Giants re-signed 2014 NLCS champ Travis Ishikawa, to a minor league deal yesterday. Today the Giants went out and got Chris Denorfia who used to play for the Padres. Back then I called him the Giant killer because he seemed to always be able to hit us. The Giants signed him for a minor league deal too. We need some minor leaguers–they’re all playing up here!
The Giants have the day off, time to rest up and get ready for the Boys in Blue.