SF Giants succumb to Snakes

08.30 usa-today-9379121.0Take one game after a day off at home. Have it on Say Hey Tuesday. Add to that a Johnny Cueto Night. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a win. Problem is, the Giants didn’t mix it right.

I watched the whole game–my daughter and her friends were there, so at one point it became more about trying to spot them in the crowd than paying attention to the game. It was too frustrating to watch, but we take the good with the bad.

The Giants scored a run in the third inning when Denard Span reached on an error, advanced to second on Angel Pagan’s single, got to third on Buster Posey’s fly out and scored on Brandon Crawford’s sac fly. The Giants were on the board.

Cueto had a great start to his outing, but the wheels came flying off the bus in the fifth. He gave up a lead-off walk, an RBI triple, walked the pitcher, gave up an RBI single, got a force out, walked another batter, struck out the DBacks slugging first baseman, gave up a 2 RBI single before Javy Lopez came in to get the third out. It reads better than it was–it was ugly. By the time it was over the Snakes put four runs on the board.

Hunter Pence hit a double in the sixth and scored on Joe Panik’s ground rule double. In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Jarrett Parker went to first after he was hit by a pitch. He took second on defensive indifference and scored on Angel Pagan’s single.That was as far as we got. The final score was:

Giants 3, Arizona 4

It was a disappointing loss. The good news is we’ve got all of September and a 40 man roster to see us through. We’ve gone through tougher times than these. The Giants can still win the division as long as we win a few more games than not, and we Don’t Stop Believing.

I know what you’re thinking: “Toni’s watching too much Ashkon.” There’s only one thing I have to say about that–there’s no such thing as too much Ashkon.

Wednesday’s game is set for 12:45 on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. Matt Moore is on the mound for the Giants. Practically Perfect.

Toni Cecchetti

30 August 2016

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