Before any baseball got played Friday night, SF Giants president Larry Baer announced not only will every home victory be punctuated by our favorite Tony Bennett song, a new flag honoring Tony Bennett–and his signature song–will be raised in Willie Mays Plaza to celebrate the victory. A framed victory flag replica was presented to the iconic singer in honor of his 90th birthday.
We got to see the flag raised right away after the Giants beat last year’s NLCS champs for the second game in a row, that’s two in a row–for the first time this month.
Are we having fun yet? I know I am. BFF Vickie was there to watch and she had a blast. If she’s their good luck charm, I say we take up a collection to send her to every game. Job? She don’t need no stinking job. This is way more important.
Johnny Cueto was on the mound, and even though he made a couple of mistakes, he had some great back-up. Especially some of the amazing plays turned by Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford. The guys were clicking–especially at the plate.
The Mets smacked a solo home run in the second and the Giants tied the score in the bottom of the third after Joe Panik’s single and Cueto’s sac bunt put Panik in scoring position. Panik scored on Denard Span’s RBI single.
The Giants were able to hold the Mets to one run, while the Giants added on. They scored two runs in the seventh–with two outs, Eduardo Nunez hit a double and Panik drew an intentional walk. Nunez scored on Ehire Adrianza’s pinch hit single and Panik scored on Denard’s single to left.
The Giants scored five runs in the eighth inning, Brandon Belt singled, Buster Posey ground into a force out–reaching first base while the Mets took Belt out at second. Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence singled to load the bases. Nunez hit into a force out that got Hunter at second while Buster scored, and with Panik batting, Nunez stole second. Panik reached on an error that scored Crawford and Nunez, and allowed Panik to reach second. Conor Gillaspie topped it off with a pinch hit a home run, bringing Panik home with him. The final score was:
Giants 8, Mets 1
That was fun. It was exciting and the guys were playing like Giants. I said I wouldn’t talk about standings and what the Dodgers are doing and all that, but I would like to point this out: we’re back!
Saturday’s game starts at 1:00 pm with Matt Moore on the mound. I hope he tries to have some fun. The game will be on CSN-BA, FS1 and KNBR 680. Join the fun, friendly Facebook group–SF Giants Game Time Thread & Chat for a chance to get acquainted with other Giants fans. Buy some hot dogs. We’ll do lunch.
19 August 2016