Torture. The Giants are still at it. Part of the blame goes to Santiago Casilla for putting us on the edge of our seats this time. He got out of it, sure, but it was close–razor’s edge close. It could have gotten bloody.
First, let’s talk about the Pride. The Giants celebrated LGBT Pride last night and donated the throwback uni’s they wore last week in Tampa to be auctioned off for the Pulse Fund. The Giants are not just a great baseball team, they are great humanitarians. I’m proud of the Giants and proud to be a Giants fan.
Now, the game. The Giants scored in the first inning when Denard Span reached on fielding error. Brandon Crawford moved him to third with a single and Span scored on Angel Pagan’s single.
Then the Phillies started scoring runs. One in the fourth and one in the fifth. According to our old third base coach, Tim Flannery–I miss him out there, don’t you?–the Phillies are a one-run team. In other words, when they win, it’s usually by one run. The Giants weren’t having it.
Things started happening in the seventh. Trevor Brown led off with a single. Manager Bruce Bochy subbed in Jarrett Parker to pinch hit for Jake Peavy–who, I might add, pitched a helluva game–the Phillies manager changed pitchers. Bochy changed hitters, he subbed in Buster Posey for Parker and Buster got a base hit. Denard sac bunted Trevor and Buster over to third and second. Joe Panik walked. Bases loaded.
Brandon Belt fouled off a pitch and sent the next one flying so high Kuip went into his signature call: “high drive, right center field…IT IS…up against the wall, Brown scores, Posey scores, Panik scores. They all score!” And Belt had himself a bases-clearing double. Crawford’s sac fly advanced Belt to third and Pagan hit a single to bring him home.
The Phillies took two runs back in the eighth, turning it back into a one-run game.
The top of the ninth had us on the edge of our seats. Javier Lopez got the first hitter to ground out. Bochy brought in Casilla to face the next guy and Casilla struck him out looking. Two quick outs, one to go. Simple as that. Except it wasn’t. Casilla walked the batter, the guy after him singled and Casilla hit the one after that with a pitch. Bases loaded.
The next Phillie up hit a slow grounder to third and Ramiro Pena scooped without hesitating and got it to Belt, who stretched to receive the ball and get the out. The Phillies asked for a review on the play, but the runner was clearly out and the call was confirmed. I didn’t realize I was holding my breath until I started to breathe again. The final score was:
Giants 5, Phillies 4
Tonight’s game is set for 7:05 pm and will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. The MLB Network is showing it too if you’re out of the area. Madison Bumgarner is pitching. And that’s all I have to say about that. I learned my lesson.