Yesterday’s game was as torturous as the last two. Did I mention the torture is back? It is…with a vengeance.
It all started out simply enough–Jeff Samardzija gave up a double in the first that went nowhere. In the bottom of the inning, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey drew walks with two outs. Matt Duffy’s single scored Belt and Brandon Crawford’s single scored Duffy. We had a two run lead going into the second.
The Dodgers caught up, they always seem to, don’t they? After the Dodgers scored a run in the fifth tying the game, manager Bruce Bochy replaced Samardzija with George Kontos. The pitcher’s spot was on deck in the batting order, so Kontos only faced one batter, striking him out.
The Giants scored another run in the sixth–Joe Panik scored on a fielder’s choice that got Buster out at second and allowed Duffy to reach first.
On to the seventh inning, where the scores can really change. Or so it seemed. Bochy went through five pitchers–Derek Law gave up a walk, Josh Osich gave up a single and got a force out on a fielder’s choice, Hunter Strickland recorded an out and Javier Lopez, lefty specialist was brought in for the next batter. He walked him to load the bases. Bochy brought in Cory Gearrin, who walked his first batter, allowing a run to score. He got the next guy out to end the inning, but the game was tied. Again.
Gearrin pitched again in the eighth and got out of it unscathed with the help of a nicely turned Crawford to Panik to Belt double play.
Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth cleanly–again with the help of a Crawford to Panik to Belt double play.
Think the scribes will make a poem up for them like “Tinker to Evers to Chance”? Never heard of them? They were the dastardly, deadly, double play turning Cubs of 1902-1912, and a Giants fan wrote the poem about them called Baseball’s Sad Lexicon (aka That Double Play Again)*. You can look it up. I think this year it would be a great time to inspire a Cubs (or Dodger, or hell, who cares? Anyone!) to write about our double play combo, Crawford to Panik to Belt. It has a nice ring to it.
The game stayed tied all the way through the ninth and it was on to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, with Chris Stratton pitching, the Dodgers first baseman hit a solo home run and the Dodgers had a one-run lead going into the bottom of the tenth. As our unwitting leader Duane Kuiper always says, “one to tie, two to go home.”Here’s what they did: with one out, Denard Span hit a double, Panik hit a single, scoring Denard, Belt singled, moving Panik to second and Buster hit a single scoring Panik for the walk off, yes indeed, win. Which is a good thing because we were fresh out of pitchers. The final score was:
Giants 5, LA 4
For some reason, the national sports media is again focusing on the Giants. This evening’s game will be brought to us by ESPN. Will they ever leave us alone and let us have our announcers back? Come on! Game time is 5:30 pm and Jake Peavy has the ball. Let’s hear some big cheers for Jake. You can also catch the game on KNBR 680. Join the fun group on Facebook’s SF Giants Game Time Thread. You can follow the link:
- These are the saddest of possible words:
- “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
- Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
- Tinker and Evers and Chance.
- Ruthlessly pricking our **gonfalon bubble,
- Making a Giant hit into a double –
- Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
- “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”