SF Giants lead, lead, lead…lose

If you sing it to the tune of Beethoven’s 5th, it works. And it sounds the way we all feel.

09-07-mlbf_1147667983_th_45My friends and loved ones have been trying to figure out how to shut me up for years. I unlocked the secret tonight after the Giants lost another game in the ninth. I’m speechless.

How, you are all asking, did we lose again? And many of you are responding “Santiago Casilla.” Maybe. I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: when some of the guys left for San Diego and the All∗Star Break, we had the best team in baseball.

The Cubs held that title in the first few weeks of the season, but the Giants overtook them and quickly became the team to beat.Now we’re the team anyone can beat. It’s baffling. Sure, there have been some changes in our roster–Matt Duffy, Grant Green, Ruben Tejada, Ramiro Pena are all gone. Was there some sort of magic in their mix?

In their place we have Gorkys Hernandez, Eduardo Nunez, Will Smith, Joe Nathan and Matt Moore. All good players. From all appearances, they fit in well with the guys.

Wednesday’s game was typical Giants torture until the ninth, when it became the Giants House of Horrors.

Nunez led off the first with a single, stole second, advanced to third on Angel Pagan’s line out and scored on Buster Posey’s sac fly. In the second inning Gorkys Hernandez–Happy Birthday Gorkys!–led off with a double and scored on Brandon Belt’s two-run home run. Belt needed that homer.

d The Giants scored again in the fourth when Goryks–really Happy Birthday–smacked an opposite field home run in right center. Nice. Another run scored in the fifth when Buster Posey hit a single and scored on–as Krukow called it–Hunter Pence’s two-out thunder.

The Rockies scored a run in the first and back-to-back jacks in the fourth. Albert Suarez pitched five innings, allowed three runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out two. Suarez made a killer pick-off move in the fifth, throwing out the runner at first.

The Giants took a two-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. Santiago Casilla was the first guy on the mound for the Giants in the ninth. He gave up a home run and a single. Josh Osich got the ball from Bruce Bochy and hit the first batter he faced. Joe Nathan was brought in and gave up a single and a walk off double. It was a group effort. The final score was:

Giants 5, Rockies 6

There is something wrong with our team and I don’t want to see us wait until the post mortem autopsy to figure it out. What’s the answer? Hell if I know. Here’s what I do know–the guys have the day off tomorrow. Time for a Bochy BBQ. A Hunter Pence sunflower dance. Something. Anything.

The only thing I know for sure–our job? You know, sing it with me–Don’t Stop Believing.

Toni Cecchetti

7 September 2016

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