SF Giants play second fiddle

08.16 9351347-buster-posey-mlb-san-francisco-giants-tampa-bay-rays-768x642We’ve finally gone and done it. We lost the lead. The consolation prize. The Dodgers are in first place in the NL West. All I can say is this: Don’t get comfortable, Dodgers. That’s our spot and we’ll be back to get it.

Tuesday night the Giants faced the Pirates with Jeff Samardzija on the mound. He’s made some mechanical adjustments and he looks much better out there. He went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits, one walk and struck out five.

The Giants scored two runs in the first–Denard Span and Angel Pagan hit singles and scored on Buster Posey’s double. They scored another run in the sixth to tie the game. Buster hit a single, reached third on Brandon Crawford’s double and scored on Hunter Pence’s ground out.

Speaking of Buster, he looked like he was playing through the pain. I wonder if he realizes when he’s sixty, he’s gonna walk just like Bochy. Buster wasn’t moving very quickly through the bases–even for Buster–but he was quick enough to mow down former MVP Andrew McCutchen when McCutchen attempted a steal at second. The final score was:

Giants 3, Pirates 4

We almost had this one, it was so close. Who knows what might have happened if Buster was in top form?  Derek Law gave up a home run in the eighth that went unanswered. I’m not blaming our bullpen for the loss,  although Law gets the L. He is still a rookie and I think he’s doing great for his first turn in the show–this is the first run he’s given up since June 30th–who else can say that?

Wednesday we’re playing a day game. It’s scheduled to start at 12:45 pm. It will be on the MLB Network for the out-of-town folks and CSN-BA for the locals. You can hear it on KNBR 680. Join the Facebook group on the SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat to hang out with other Giants fans. Baseball. It’s what’s for lunch. Follow the link:

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

Look around everyone. Recognize it? This is what second place looks like. Don’t unpack. We won’t be here long. Giants are second to none.

Toni Cecchetti

16 August 2016

 

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