SF Giants look at us now!

imageThe whole game was torture. I held my breath the entire time.  Much like Monday’s game, Tuesday’s game was another pitching duel.

Johnny Cueto pitched a decent game. He got into some trouble, but he managed to get out of each inning clean. He pitched five and ⅓ scoreless–he gave up eight hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Here’s the bad news: he pulled his groin in the sixth and had to come out. We’ll know more about what’s going to happen after his MRI tomorrow. Here’s the rest of the bad news: Brandon Crawford jammed his pinky sliding head first into third base. To add insult to injury–literally–he was tagged out. His finger is dislocated. He’ll be day to day.

Steven Okert took over for Cueto and was practically perfect. He faced six hitters and gave up one hit. He struck out three. Will Smith pitched a shut down eighth inning with two strikeouts and Sergio Romo got the save for pitching a scoreless ninth–with two strikeouts.

In Monday’s game and most of Tuesday’s it looked like the Giants were going with one specific offense. His name is Eduardo Nunez. Monday night he slid around the bases on his belly for the Giants only run of the game and Tuedsay he sky’d it to left for a hit, but Bochy asked for a review and the umpires in New York ruled it a home run.

The ninth inning brought a nice surprise–Brandon Belt hit one out of the park. The Giants shut out the Dodgers. The final score was:

Giants 2, Dodgers 0

We needed that. The guys needed that. And win or lose Wednesday, I’m not giving up. The game starts at 7:10 pm with Matt Moore on the mound. The kid’s alright. Tune into CSN-BA, ESPN or KNBR 680 to catch the game.

I’m still scoreboard watching. Believe it or not, with this win we are still five games in back of the Dodgers for the NL West and we are in a three-way tie with the Mets and St. Louis for the Wild Card. Talk about wild! Whatever you do–Don’t Stop Believing.

Toni Cecchetti

20 September 2016

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