SF Giants celebrate Independence Day

07.04 Love,_American_Style_logoI don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of an old romantic. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our Independence Day than to have an Air Force Captain surprise his girlfriend-who thought he was overseas on active duty-by showing up in person to present her with an engagement ring in front of 40,000 Giants faithful. Love, American Style.

BTW, she said yes.

Enough about that, we had ourselves a ball game.

Jake Peavy was on the mound for the Giants and for the most part he was great. Really great. The second inning, though, was just a tad shaky. Speaking of shaky, he shook it off, got out of it without doing too much damage and never looked back. He was good to go for the rest of his outing.

So this is what happened to Peavy in the second: he struck out the lead-off hitter, but the number two batter drove a double to center field. The third batter singled and the Rockies had runners at the corners. Peavy walked the fourth guy at the plate–and the bases were loaded. Here’s where it gets interesting: while the fifth guy was up, Peavy threw to first for a pick-off play, but Brandon Belt wasn’t on the bag. So the umps called a balk. Everyone-including the guy at third (remember the bases were loaded)-got to take a base, which means Peavy balked in a run.

Peavy got the next two hitters out and held the Rockies scoreless for the rest of the time he stayed in the game. He pitched 6⅔ innings, allowed (balked) one run, five hits, two walks and struck out six.

07.04 posey-hr-rockies-july4-2016-apBuster Posey snatched that run right back in the bottom of the inning by hitting it high and deep… OUTTAHERE! Game tied. I could listen to Kuip shout OUTTAHERE! all day long.

In the third inning, Ruben Tejada got a base hit, Peavy moved him over with a nice sac bunt, and Angel Pagan brought him home by hooking the ball left into the seats for a home run. I got to hear Kuip yell OUTTAHERE again. The Giants took the lead.

Javier Lopez finished the seventh inning for Peavy by facing one batter to get the third out. The big news, though, the really, really, really big news: SERGIO ROMO is back!  It is so good to see him back in black…and orange. He only looks illegal. He pitched to two hitters, got the first one out and gave up a double to the next hitter. That’s ok, it was a set-up by committee inning-Josh Osich and Derek Law came in and put away a batter a piece.

07.04 Colorado+Rockies+v+San+Francisco+Giants+pZ60pgJbcVRlThe ninth inning-Santiago Casilla’s inning-was uneventful. Yeah, you heard me-UNeventful. He faced three hitters, one ground out and two struck out.Game over.The final score was:

Giants 3, Rockies 1

If you think that’s all I have to say about that game, you think wrong. Our defense was impeccable, our rookies-the AAA guys, or as some of you like to say, the River Cats-got a big “ATTA Boy” from Bruce Bochy. He talked about what a great job our defense is doing. He mentioned the amazing play in the eighth when Grant Green threw Trevor Story out at first-with a runner on third, saving a run in a close ball game.

Brandon Crawford has been doing great all year. Brandon Belt traveled a long way and made a helluva catch. The rookies, though got the special pat on the back from the manager. He said “these guys we brought up have really, uh, done a nice job of pitching in, helping out.” Let’s face it folks, those River Cats are big enough to carry Giants.

Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants

Giants Jarrett Parker, Angel Pagan and Mac Williamson celebrate defeating the Colorado Rockies on July 4, 2016. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Tuesday’s game is set for 7:15 pm and it will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. Madison Bumgarner is on the mound. Should be a good time.

Speaking of good times, join other fans and friends on the Facebook group, SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat by following the link below. I’m bringing my seeds and my bubblegum. See you there.


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