I was waiting for someone to say it. Kruk and Kuip didn’t keep me waiting long. Gorky Park–anyone remember it? Murder mystery set in a Moscow Park in the early 80’s. Gorkys Hernandez turned AT&T Park into Gorkys Park with a solo home run Tuesday night.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s back it up to the beginning.
The Giants met the Padres for some retaliation after being shut out by the Friars Monday night. And things went really well. At first.
San Diego scored first in the top of the third, but the Giants immediately responded at the bottom of the inning when Angel Pagan hit a single but was taken out at second when Kelby Tomlinson hit a ground ball into a force out. Buster Posey singled and Hunter Pence doubled to bring Kelby home. Tied game.
Pagan opened up the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run. Kelby followed with a single, Hunter drew a walk and Brandon Crawford drove Kelby home with an RBI single. Gorkys hit his solo home run in the seventh.
Albert Suarez pitched a dilly of a game. He went five innings and allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out one.
Everything was going great. We had a three run lead going into the ninth. And then the torture started. It was quick, but it was painful. The Padres scored five runs. Five. Unimaginable. Unbelievable. Unreal.
Hunter Strickland gave up a couple of singles and then failed to cover first and instead of getting an out, loaded the bases. Then he walked in a run. My first thought was “HUH?” But then I decided ok, so now we have a two run lead. Then another run scored and I started to worry. Our lead was reduced to one run. Bochy brought in Steven Okert and I crossed my fingers. He gave up a big knock for a three run home run.
The Giants went three up, three down in the bottom of the ninth. The final score was:
Giants 4, Padres 6
We had that game wrapped up and the ninth inning misses and mental mistakes did us in. I am heart broken. I am speechless. Literally.
One thing I was going to mention before the Monks got my tongue–there were as many replay reviews during the game as the Giants had runs. One replay review was a call at home when Buster slid across the plate. The umpire ruled him safe. Padres asked for a review, the call on the field was overturned. Another was a pick off play at first, Brandon Crawford was ruled safe back at the bag. Padres asked for a review, the call on the field was overturned.
Angel Pagan was called out at first. Giants asked for a replay review because the first baseman’s foot was not on the bag when he caught the ball, the call was overturned. The only call that was confirmed was a call about slide interference and the double play rule. Giants asked for a review, the call on the field stood because nobody really understands that rule.
Wednesday’s game is a Madison Bumgarner start. Game time is 12:40 pm on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. You know me, when Bumgarner is on the mound, I like our chances. And I Don’t Stop Believing.
13 September 2016