I felt very unsatisfied after our series with San Diego. I don’t believe in “must win” games all the time, but there are some games–let’s face it, quite a few–the Giants lose to teams that are not as good as our guys. Like the games we just played against the Padres.
The Cardinals are another story. The Giants have played St. Louis many times over the years–we win some, we lose some. The Cardinals, of the many teams we play regularly–is one of those teams where you’re just never sure how it might turn out. Right down to the end.
Thursday’s game was one of those games. The Giants handled it perfectly–grabbing the lead, and after the Cardinals tied it up, grabbing it right back. The game was brought to us by Johnny Cueto and Hunter Pence. And all their friends.
Johnny pitched a gem going for a complete game–no bullpen required–allowing two runs on five hits, one walk and striking out seven. He was fabulous.
In the bottom of the first, Buster Posey hit a two out single and Hunter Pence drove him home with a two run dinger into the left field bleachers.
The Cardinal scored runs in the third and the fourth to tie the game.
The Giants took care of that very quickly. In the bottom of the fourth, Brandon Belt drew a walk, Eduardo Nunez doubled and Denard Span was intentionally walked to load the bases. Johnny Cueto hit a sac fly scoring Belt, and Angel Pagan singled scoring Nunez.
The Giants tacked on two more in the seventh when Hunter reached on a force out, Belt drew a walk and Nunez singled loading the bases. Denard Span’s single knocked in both Hunter and Belt. Two more runs. The final score was:
Giants 6, Cardinals 2
The offense made sure we had plenty of insurance for the late innings, but turned out we didn’t need it because Cueto was dealing and went for his fifth complete game. Johnny Beisbol is a real gamer and he’s still having fun out there.
Thursday night was Italian Heritage night. The Giants were playing that game for my people. I am so glad we won. When the Italians are happy, everybody’s happy, right?
Friday’s game–get your Orange on!–starts at 7:15 pm with Matt Moore on the mound. The game will be on NBC Bay Area and KNBR 680. Tune it–don’t miss it. This is Matty Mo’s chance to get back to practically perfect. Don’t Stop Believing!
16 September 2016