Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like they’ve just done the Time Warp? Matt Cain pitched five shut out innings, the Giants waved their bats around with magic wandoo abandon and Hunter Pence grew an egg under his eye with a one foul ball. Then I heard Timmy was DFA’d. Oh! and according to Tampa Bay we sent them a defective player. Not really the Time Warp, more like the Twilight Zone. What a wierd day.
Let’s talk about Cain. He was magnificent. He was pitching shut out ball against the Nats just like he did last week in SF–when he threw five innings of no hit ball against the Nats. Saturday he gave up hits, he had some base runners, but he held them scoreless for five innings. Here’s how the numbers shook out in five innings pitched: 0 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, 4 strike outs. Works for me.
The bullpen took over and Jake Peavy, in his new relief position, gave up three back-to-back hits in the eighth, allowing one run. No more shut out.
The Giants bats were a big part of the story. And the biggest bat belonged to Eduardo Nunez. He hit a double in the first, led-off the fourth with a triple and scored on Buster Posey’s single. Buster scored when Joe Panik was walked with the bases loaded.
Nunez hit another triple in the fifth and scored on Brandon Belt’s double. Belt scored on Brandon Crawford’s sac fly which drove the Nats pitcher–Stephen Strasburg–back to the clubhouse. Strasburg was working on becoming the first pitcher to reach Sweet 16–wins, that is. Not this time folks.
In the seventh Nunez singled, advanced to third on Belt’s double and scored on Buster’s sac fly. Hunter drew a walk to lead-off the eighth, moved to second when Panik ground out and scored on Ehire Adrianza’s single. Welcome back Ehire! It feels like he’s been on the DL and rehabbing forever.
The ninth inning belonged to Belt. Just like in the longest game ever (at least in the post season) he hit one out of the park. In the 2014 NLDS it took the cake, breaking the tie between the Giants and the Nats in the 18th inning. This time it was the icing dripping all over the cake. Nice hit. The final score was:
Giants 7, Nationals 1
I’m sorry to hear about Timmy. I think he has more to give, but, honestly–and I know he fought against this–I think he could contribute from the ‘pen. I hope for the best for him.
As far as our ‘pen goes, I’m not sure Jake Peavy is comfortable yet as a relief pitcher. Will Smith got us two quick outs in the eighth and all Jake needed to do was get the third. Between the Shark and the bulls in the pen, seems to me like Dave Righetti has some major projects on his work table. If he can’t get it sorted out, no one can.
As for Pence? The egg is gone, and it left a pretty shiner in it’s place. But between Pence and the rest of the Giants in the line up, as the old saying goes, you should see the other guy.
I don’t even want to get into how I feel about Lucius Fox having a bruised bone on his foot and what that does to the trade deal that included fan favorite Matt Duffy. I said I’d grow up and quit whining about it, but the baseball gods are apparently getting their jollies by watching me to squirm as I fight to keep my mouth shut. They know I want to scream CANCEL THE WHOLE DEAL! But I refuse to give them the satisfaction. Besides, we need a good starter and I think Matt Moore may work out. If we can get Duffy back and keep Moore, I’m all for it. Shhh…you didn’t hear me say that.
Sunday’s game starts at 10:35 am with Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Please, baseball gods, let our bats keep some of their magic wandoo for our Ace. You can watch the game on CSN-BA, or if you’re an out-of-marketer, on TBS and hear it on KNBR 680. Join the friendly group at SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat to visit with other fans before, during and after the game. Baseball and brunch. Eggs Benedict anyone? Follow the link: