The Giants started Thursday’s game kind of the same way they started Wednesday’s game. Of course I said to myself, “here we go again.”
It was a Johnny Cueto start, though, and everyone loves a Johnny Cueto start. Including Johnny Cueto. He got off to a shaky start–he gave up two runs in the first–but he quickly tucked in and got the job done. In seven innings pitched, he allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk. He struck out 11. Has anyone else noticed that Giants starting pitchers are striking out 11 this week? What? Did they have a meeting? I like it though, no complaints here. 11 works for me.
The guys brought their bats to the ballpark Thursday too. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence each scored a run in the fourth, but the sixth inning is where the real fun started.
Brandon Crawford singled–hitting the pitcher in the leg–the pitcher tried to field the ball anyway and overthrew first. Crawford advanced to second on the error. Angel Pagan singled and Joe Panik followed with a fielder’s choice, loading the bases. Conor Gillaspie hit a sac fly scoring Crawford. Johnny Cueto was up next and laid down a bunt that was initially ignored by the Rockies infield, allowing Cueto to reach first. The Rockies third baseman–in an attempt to field the ball a little late–overthrew first and Johnny Cueto ran for second like a sprinter, allowing Crawford and Pagan to score while that was happening.
The Giants scored two more runs in the eighth by moving the line along. Conor Gillaspie drew a walk, Jarrett Parker was hit by a pitch, and Denard Span singled, loading the bases. Brandon Belt drew a walk and Gillaspie scored. Buster Posey’s sac fly scored Parker.
The bullpen was lights out, using three pitchers in the eighth and Sergio Romo shutting the Rockies down in the ninth. The final score was:
Giants 7, Rockies 2
We won the game. Which means we won the series. Series wins have been few and far between this half of the season. Way to go Giants.
Friday is our last regular season series opener. We are playing the dreaded Boys in Blue at home. Madison Bumgarner is on the mound, and as always, I like our chances. Game time is 7:15 pm and you can catch it on CSN-BA, KNBR 680 or KKSF. You don’t want to miss Orange Friday against the Dodgers. And you Don’t Stop Believing.
29 September 2016
37 years! and Happy Birthday to my Grandma