SF Giants slip sliding away

Giants Yankees BaseballThere is still no relief from the slippery slope we’ve been sliding down. I saw a glimmer of hope in Friday’s game, but it passed quickly, like a mild case of agita. Really, that’s all this is-it has my friend Richard reaching for his Brioschi.

I thought the day off would help. I thought since we had Madison Bumgarner set to pitch, it would be a tough day to be a Yankee. I thought, since the Giants bats came to life during Wednesday’s game in Boston, we would see some offense. I was partly right and mostly wrong. That’s what I get for thinking.

Madison Bumgarner pitched a great game–once he got past the second inning. The first two innings he got into some trouble, but he limited the damage each time. The bottom line is he pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out six.

Brandon Crawford had a bad day. It happens to everyone. I can’t remember the last time he looked that awkward on the field. Friday’s loss doesn’t belong to him alone, but three errors didn’t help the cause. The last error he committed, that scored the Yankees go-ahead run in the eighth was more like a calamity of errors. Crawford’s throw was slightly high to Belt, the Yankee runner knocked into Belt, the ball got away and the runner from third scored. You can’t practice stuff like that.

Our bats looked alive enough to put men on in the second, third and fourth (the bases were loaded in the fourth) but they were left stranded when the innings ended. The Giants finally scored in the seventh-Jarrett Parker drew a walk, advanced to third on Denard Span’s double and scored on a wild pitch with Angel Pagan at the plate. In the eighth, Trevor Brown got a base hit, advanced to third on Grant Green’s single and scored on Mac Williamson’s double. Game tied.

The Yankees scored the go-ahead run and the Giants didn’t score again. The final score was:

Giants 2, Yankees 3

Damn Yankees. Fortunately for us, we won the consolation prize-again-and we live to hold off the Dodgers one more day. Four games back. Final score in St. Louis: LA 3, Cards 4.

07.22 1469238751046Our guys are battered and bruised–and it’s only six games into the second half. The bad news is Buster Posey left the game after fouling the ball off his foot. The good news is the X-Rays are negative and it appears to be a contusion. It was enough to cause near panic in the park. Speaking of panic, apparently the SF Giants Twitter fans were all atwitter because of a Panik trade rumor. Read all about it in McCovey Chronicles:

http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2016/7/22/12259060/sf-giants-joe-panik-trade-rumors

Saturday’s game is at 1:05 pm with Jeff Samardzija on the mound. I can’t wait to see him handle Yankee Stadium. Not kidding, I haven’t stopped believing and Samardzija is our guy. The game will be on CSN-BA, Fox Sports and KNBR 680.

Join the crowd in the Facebook group SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat, for some baseball watching, baseball talking and the ever-present “if I were Bochy” philosophers. Bubble gum and sun seeds are optional, but I find them necessary. Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1754172101534296/

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