Everybody knows that former SF Giants manager Frank Robinson came up with the line:
“Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.”
Of course he said that. He managed the SF Giants. He knew all about ‘close’.
Tuesday night the SF Giants showed up in Boston holding the historic Giants Baseball record of 0 for 100+ years at Fenway Park. The SF Giants were shut out the first night.
Things didn’t look so hot the second night of the two-game series, either.
Matt Cain was flawless. Matt Cain was brilliant. That was the first inning. It took him seven pitches to retire the side. I said to my husband, “he keeps this up, we’ll have ourselves a ball game!” Then he pitched the second inning. He walked Big Papi to lead off the inning, then gave up back-to-back jacks.
In the third, the Red Sox put up five more runs, including another two-run home run hit by Hanley Ramirez, the slugger who brought Big Papi home in the second. Matt Cain left and Bochy turned the ball over to Albert Suarez. After that Boston doubled and tripled their way to their third out, leaving the SF Giants with an eight-run deficit. No big whoop, right?
I said that tongue-(firmly planted)-in-cheek, but turns out it wasn’t the impossible dream. Somebody lit Jobu’s cigar and made him a daquiri because the SF Giants bats started humming.
In the fourth, Buster Posey drew a walk, Brandon Crawford singled and Mac Williamson brought the boys home with a big fly to right field. That’s not all. Grant Green drove a single to right and Trevor Brown launched one over the Big Green Wall for a two-run home run. The Giants held Boston scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
Grant Green drew a two-out walk in the fifth and Trevor Brown followed with single. Ramiro Pena hit a single to score Green and Denard Span singled scoring Brown. All-in-all a colorful inning. The Giants comeback put us so close…just one run from tying it up. I think even Frank Robinson would have been impressed.
Boston scored three more runs in the game, but the Giants didn’t. The final score was:
Giants 7, Boston 11
The SF Giants leave Boston with their historic 0 for 100 + years streak holding. We’ll get ’em next time.
Another day of R & R for the guys tomorrow. They head to the Big Apple and take on the Damn Yankees Friday. Somebody should write a song.
Game time is 4:05 pm and Madison Bumgarner is on the mound. He’s just what we need to snap out of the funk. You can catch the game on CSN-BA or KNBR 680, or for those out-of-market fans, there’s always the MLB Network. Join the Facebook group SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat for seats that are even better than the Yankee’s Legends premier seating. The beer is cheaper too. Follow the link: