Saturday’s game was exciting for many reasons. We were playing our arch-rivals the LA Dodgers. Three time Cy Young Award winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw was on the mound for the Dodgers. The Giants starting pitcher had one start under his belt. It could have been a huge one-sided upset. And it was. Our rookie did the upsetting.
Friday I said I liked the idea of Ty Blach starting Saturday’s game against LA. Rookie luck, I called it. But what Ty Blach did Saturday had nothing to do with rookie luck–it was pure rookie talent. Kruk and Kuip are calling him Cy Blach.
In keeping with my personal tie-ins theme, I’m going to crow a little. And trust me when I tell you, I contributed nothing to this equation. I’m just going to mention that Ty Blach played baseball at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado. His coach was Steve Cavnar. Steve’s daughter Jenny, a reporter for Root Sports who covers the Rockies, is married to my cousin Steven. That beats the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon all to hell. Check out the youtube.com video of Jenny interviewing Ty and Coach Cav before the Giants/Rockies game where Ty made his big league debut in relief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZOoOW-yfhs
What a game. Ty Blach was amazing on the mound. He pitched eight innings of three-hit shutout ball and he got two hits of his own off the great Clayton Kershaw. He probably hasn’t stopped pinching himself.
The Giants put on a nice defense, backing up the rookie and looking like the Giants we know and love. Where have they been since July? Their timing is good, though, they showed up when we needed them most.
The offense was great too. Angel Pagan hit a solo home run in the fifth, putting the Giants on the board and in the lead. Pagan hit a single in the seventh. Brandon Crawford was up next and drove the ball down the middle. It deflected off Kershaw, but the LA third baseman picked it up and threw to first to get Crawford out. Believe it or not, he overthrew and Pagan scored an insurance run. Tim Flannery calls that an RTI–run thrown in. Crawford made it to third on the throw. New Giant, Gordon Beckham, hit a sac fly scoring Crawford. Insurance on our insurance.
We were over-insured. The Dodgers never scored a run and Ty Blach’s outing was a shutout. Sergio Romo pitched a shut-down ninth inning for the save. The final score was:
Giants 3, LA 0
Sunday’s game starts at 12:05 pm and will be on CSN-BA, KKSF and KNBR 680. Still scoreboard watching and in the tradition of Giants Torture, it comes down to Sunday. If St. Louis wins Sunday and we don’t #beatLA, we have to play game 163 in St. Louis on Monday. But I like our chances: we have Matt Moore on the mound in San Francisco and Ryan Vogelsong pitching for the Pirates against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Let’s hope one, or both, comes through for us. Don’t Stop Believing.
1 October 2016