I figured it out. The Giants have been saving up their hits for the end run. They used 19 of them in Saturday’s game. I hope they have plenty left for the rest of the run. Considering how much they conserved there should be a bunch.
Let me just say this: the offense was on fire. The defense took care of business. And our pitcher?
Johnny Cueto was magnificent. He pitched seven innings. He allowed two runs–one home run–on three hits and two walks. He struck out six. Plus, he hit an RBI single in the third scoring Crawford and the best part–while Cueto was running to first, he turned and tried to wave Pence home.
In the second Hunter Pence singled and Joe Panik doubled him home.
In the third Angel Pagan singled and Buster hit an RBI triple, scoring Pagan on a hit that slipped past Arizona’s Gold Glove 1st baseman and kicked off the wall before the right fielder could round it up. Crawford followed with an RBI double to left that drove Buster home.
Hunter drew a walk and Panik ground out advancing Crawford and Hunter. Nunez was walked intentionally and Johnny Cueto got that RBI single. While Denard Span was at the plate, the DBacks threw a wild pitch that allowed Hunter to gallop home.
What was great was listening to the background noise of the crowd cheering “let’s go Giants.” Giants fans are everywhere. Or we travel well. Or both.
The Giants continued to score. In the seventh Hunter hit a solo home run, Panik doubled and scored on Nunez’s single. In the eighth Angel Pagan led off with a triple and when Buster at the plate Pagan scored on a passed ball.
Crawford singled, Hunter drew a walk, and Belt hit a high fly ball to center that was outtahere! Or so we thought. On closer inspection it looked like the ball bounced off the fascia in front of the seats above center field and bounced back on to the center field grass. The boys in NY reviewed it, called it a ground rule double and sent Belt back to second. That’s ok, Joe Panik advanced Belt with a single and Belt scored when Nunez ground into a force out.
Jake Peavy pitched the 8th, walked the first batter and then got the next guy to hit into a double play that was turned nicely by Nunez to Panik to Belt. Peavy gave up a double, then struck the next batter out to end the inning.
Josh Osich pitched the ninth, got two quick outs and then gave up a home run before ending the inning with a ground out to Nunez, ending the game. The final score was:
Giants 11, Arizona 3
When was the last time we saw such a high hitting, high scoring game? I mean when the Giants were doing the hitting and scoring. It was such a good feeling, I had to pinch myself. The doctor I had on standby to administer oxygen wants to give me a mental capacity test because when I explained how the Giants torture us, he watched the game. Now he thinks I’m crazy. It’s ok, I made him leave the oxygen tank for the next game.
Speaking of–the Giants play Sunday at 1:10 pm. Matt Moore is on the mound and I mean what I said about having some spare hits laying around. The Giants need to use some for Moore, get his pitching legs back. Catch the game on CSB-BA or KNBR 680.
You know the drill. Don’t Stop Believing.
10 September 2016