SF Giants another one bites the dust

10-08-mlbf_1204304283_th_45We lost another one to the Cubs. The Cubs! They’re little bears for gawdsakes. I’m not worried though. We’ve been down this road before.

Remember 2012? Ashkon sang “down 0-2, after two quiet nights…” yeah. Well, we bounced back from that and we’ll–baseball gods willing–bounce back from this.

At least that’s what I hope. I’m just looking forward to more Giants baseball.

Jeff Samardzija took the mound in his old home stadium, but didn’t last long. He pitched two innings, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk. He struck out one. He was sticking with his fastball and the Cubs had his number.

The Giants managed to score in the third. Joe Panik drove a liner to left for a double, and Gregor Blanco–who pinch hit in the pitchers spot–doubled on a line drive to center, scoring Panik. Denard Span’s groundout moved Blanco to third and Brandon Belt’s sac fly brought Blanco home.

Samardzija left the game after the second, and the Cubs pitcher took a comebacker off Angel Pagan in the fourth. The pitcher ended up leaving the game and the game became the Battle of the Bullpens. I thought we might have a chance there, but their bullpen kept our guys scoreless.

The Cubs relief pitcher hit a home run in the fourth, off Giants reliever George Kontos, who was pitching in his childhood stadium. Pitching at Wrigley was his dream growing up in Chicago and according to his Instagram post, he was excited and proud to be there as a Giant. I was proud of him too.

The Giants didn’t score again. Even after we brought in our super-special, not so secret weapon–Madison Bumgarner–to pinch hit in the fifth. He didn’t hit a bomb–like he did during batting practice–but he got some wood on the ball and reached first on a fielding error, then moved to second on a throwing error. He advanced to third on Denard Span’s groundout, but was left stranded when the inning ended. The final score was:

Giants 2, Cubs 5

So settle in, get comfy. This down 0-2 stuff fits the Giants like an old shoe. We got this. Don’t Stop BeliEVEN.

We play the Cubs again–Monday, October 10th–at home. Madison Bumgarner will be on the mound for the Giants, so you know I like our chances. Promise me if you go to the game you will make some noise. Lots and lots of noise. The game starts at 6:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS1, ESPN Radio and KNBR 680. Tune in your TV on mute and crank up the radio to hear our guys call the game. It’s a different world.

Toni Cecchetti

08 October 2016

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