SF Giants sometimes you just gotta win

09-06-tomlinson1440_zt7r3sx6_psx5s42z2xWhew! Talk about torture. One run lead, tied game, one run back, tied game, we score the go-ahead run and then Santiago Casilla takes the mound for the save. And he didn’t blow it. Was anyone still breathing in the ninth? I needed oxygen.

Being a Giants fan isn’t for the feint of heart. It’s AP Fanaticism and there’s plenty of tough tests along the way. Tuesday night was one of the toughest tests we’ve been through this year. And we were playing the Rockies. Not exactly the best team in baseball.

Some of us have started to worry a little bit–what with the Cardinals and the Mets barking up our Wild Card tree. Not me though. I’m still holding out for a division win. I just wish the Dodgers would be a little more cooperative and lose a game or two.

All things considered, as I look back on our weekend in Chicago, I don’t think we gave our Giants the credit they deserved. They played the team with best record in baseball and they held their own in one run games. No, they weren’t hitting, but that’s been our thing this year. And of course, we won Bumgarner’s game, because Bumgarner likes a big start.

When they lost to the Rockies Monday, we were dismayed.

All that went away Tuesday night as we watched our guys pull it out in the ninth. According to the pundits we “scratched and clawed” our way to hang on to the Wild Card edge. Nothing wrong with that.

The Giants scored the first run in the third when, with two outs, Eduardo Nunez knocked it out of the park.

The Rockies scored in the bottom of the third to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth.

The Giants tied it up again in the eighth–Gorkys Hernandez hit a single, Trevor Brown followed with another single, Ehire Adrianza’s sac bunt moved everyone over and Hernandez scored on Nunez’s ground out.

Kelby “Specs” Tomlinson was the hero of the game, he got credit for the winning run when he drove Buster Posey–who reached on a error–home with a single to left. Buster and Specs collided when fielding a pop fly in the sixth and Specs recovered quickly to catch the ball. Looks like the kid is learning how to hold his own. The final score was:

Giants 3, Rockies 2

Jeff Samardzija had a great outing–he pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out nine. He’s had a few good starts lately. I hope this means he’s got his mojo back.

Santiago Casilla pitched one inning–scoreless–walking one batter. I know we were all nervous when he came out to pitch, but Bochy is a firm believer of jumping right back on the horse, no matter how badly you get bruised when you’re bucked off. I hope it works. Casilla just needs to get his confidence back.

Wednesday’s game starts at 5:40 pm with Alberto Suarez on the mound for the Giants. The game will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680.

Nope. It’s not easy being a Giants fan, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have to endure torture, ridicule from the boys in blue and heartbreaking losses along the way–it just makes the victories that much sweeter.

One thing we don’t do, we Don’t Stop Believing.

Toni Cecchetti

6 September 2016

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