I know it’s a team sport, but everywhere you looked in Saturday’s game, Mac Williamson was there. Kinda like Visa–
He was everywhere.
The Giants were looking to turn the tide Saturday in Game Two of the series with the Yankees before losing became a habit.
First of all, it was hot in the Bronx. Adding insult to injury–the game was tied after nine. Extra innings. Free baseball. In the broiling heat. Let’s hear it for New York, New York. Our guys are troopers–they sucked it up and toughed it out. One good thing: Buster Posey was in the game–catching. When they said he was day to day, I worried we wouldn’t see him so soon.
Johnny Cueto was on the mound for the Giants–in my Friday blog I said Jeff Samardzija was scheduled to pitch, I was wrong. Bochy snuck Cueto in and didn’t tell anyone until the last minute. Cueto did a great job, even though the Yankees scored first. It wasn’t for lack of trying.
In the second inning, with Jarrett Parker on board, Mac hit into a force out, the Yankees took out Parker at second. Ramiro Pena doubled on a line drive to left and Williamson jetted for home from first base. He didn’t make it, but it was a valiant effort.
In the bottom of the fourth, with a man on first, The Yankees first baseman hit a line drive to right. When Mac attempted to field the ball, he fumbled it a little and the runner at first, who is swift of foot, made it home before Mac could get the ball to the plate. The Yankees score one. Mac was charged with an error, which saved Cueto’s ERA.
So what did Mac do? He was the lead-off man in the top of the fifth, he went to the plate and with one swing of the bat, took that run back with a solo shot right into the Giants bullpen. Nice work.
I know Angel Pagan missed the opportunity to score in the 11th when an intentionally pitched ball went high and wide, but Angel had trouble reading the play and thought better to be safe than sorry, so he stayed near the bag at third base. I know Bochy was irritated, but the Giants took care of it in the next inning.
The game stayed tied at one a piece until the top of the 12th. The bullpen kept the Yankees scoreless. They all did a great job, but the late innings hero was Santiago Casilla. He got the Giants out of a big jam in the tenth and pitched a scoreless, one-hit 11th.
Trevor Brown doubled in the top of the 12th and then it was Mac’s turn again. Mac singled on a ground ball to center, scoring Brown, giving the Giants a one-run lead.
Hunter Strickland held the Yankees to a 1, 2, 3 shut-down inning and just like that, the Giants snapped a six-game skid. I clapped and screamed my head off. The final score was:
Giants 2, Yankees 1
The best part about the whole game? It was the first time Mac’s family got to see him play major league ball. Pretty cool, right? Unofficially, it was Mac Williamson Day at Yankee Stadium. Go ahead kid, take your bow.
If you’re up for it, we have Sunday breakfast baseball. Put the pancakes on, pour the mimosas and put your feet up. The game will be on at 10:05 am in all the usual places–CSN-BA and KNBR 680, plus TBS for the out-of-market fans.
Join the Facebook group for the SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat, visit with your virtual ballpark neighbors and cheer on the guys with other fans.If you make mimosas in the morning, be prepared to share. Follow the link: