That’s right. Somebody call the cops. I want to report a theft. 25 men, ages 18-40 were stolen from AT&T Park on or around July 11th. They were last seen on July 10th, wearing their Sunday best–a white baseball uniform with the word “Giants” on the back. Their jerseys and pants are trimmed in orange and black. Madison Bumgarner had just pitched a complete game shut out to sweep the Diamondbacks in a three game series. No one has seen them since. We’ve had a few sightings, but they were false alarms.
There will be a reward for all Giants fans–a whole lot of Orange October–if they can be found. Contact Bruce Bochy, Bobby Evans or Brian Sabean if you see them. It’s urgent–there’s only ten games left–I’m not sure how we’ll get to the post season if we don’t find them.
What a way to start a game between the Giants and our arch-rivals, the dreaded Dodgers. I had good feelings about Wednesday night’s game right from the start. Matt Moore was on the mound for the Giants and the last time he pitched in Chavez Ravine he flirted–very seriously–with a no hitter.
I had high hopes for a repeat performance. My hopes died pretty early.
The Giants drew first blood–in the first inning–when Denard Span drew a walk and scored on Angel Pagan’s single to right. Yasiel Puig launched the ball to home plate in an attempt to throw Span out at home, but Span beat the throw by a split second. Not only that, the catcher couldn’t hang on to the ball anyway.
The Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the inning, then added on four more. The Giants scored again in the second–Ehire Adrianza hit his second home run of the season–a fly ball that went over the right field fence. The Dodgers continued to add on, and the Giants scored another run in the seventh–Hunter Pence singled and scored on Brandon Belt’s double. The final score was:
Giants 3, Dodgers 9
It’s hard to think it, forget saying it out loud. I tried to and I choked.
Matt Moore had a terrible night. He gave up six runs–one was a home run–on seven hits and a walk. He didn’t strike out anyone. Matt Cain pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits. He struck out two. Josh Osich pitched one scoreless, Jake Peavy pitched one inning and allowed one run on one hit and a walk.
The pitching hero of the night was Ty Blach. You remember Ty. He made his big league debut at Coors Field. The ballpark near his childhood home. He pitched in his first big league game with his friends, family and even his old high school baseball coach looking on. He did a great job in Colorado, but it was nothing compared to his performance in LA Wednesday night. He pitched three perfect innings. The only question I have–can we clone him? We could use a couple more.
I’m still scoreboard watching and now the Dodgers have six games up on us in the NL West. We have ten games left to play and the Dodgers magic number is now 5. Any combination of LA wins and Giants losses equaling 5 clinches the NL West for the Dodgers.
Here’s the good news: we’re back to consolation prizes. The Mets and St. Louis both lost today also, which means we are still in a three-way tie for the Wild Card spots.
Thursday the Giants play the Padres at 7:10 pm in San Diego. the game will be on CSN-BA and KNBR 680. Don’t miss it! and Don’t Stop Believing.
21 September 2016