This wasn’t your usual Giants torture. No, this was much worse. The Giants took the lead in the first and kept it inning after inning. The Cubs scored, the Giants scored. I caught a glimpse of Bobby Evan’s up in the bigwigs box. He looked like he was chewing his nails to the quick. I was past that. I was chewing my fingers to the bone–waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Part of my nervousness was because Matt Moore was on the mound. Earlier in the year, he went from practical perfection to the opposite end of the spectrum in less than a month-twice-when we were in LA when playing the Dodgers. I have faith in him–he’s a Giant after all–but he still makes me nervous.
I shouldn’t have been. Moore was even better than practical perfection. Not only did he come out dealing, he came out swinging–with an RBI single in the fourth. He pitched eight solid, allowing only two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out ten. It was a spectacular outing and he looked like a champion. The other shoe stayed on.
It slipped off in the ninth as the Giants took a three-run lead into the top of the inning and allowed the Cubs to tie it up, and then score the go-ahead run. The Giants stayed silent in the bottom of the inning.The final score was:
Giants 5, Cubs 6
The Giants died as they lived, with a blown save in the ninth. It’s too bad, because Matt Moore earned that win. And Conor Gillaspie didn’t get the NLDS MVP. I know there’s no such thing, but I was naming him MVP anyway, he deserved it.
It’s disappointing and unbelievable because the Giants haven’t lost a post season elimination game in years. No reason to think they’d start now. Monday night’s game was proof positive the Giants are like the Goonies, they never say die.
I’m sad. Not because the guys didn’t win. It’s because this is it. No more Giants baseball till April. The hunt for Orange October is over, but you haven’t heard the last of me. I’ll check in from time to time.
I’ll just say this for now, get the bullpen squared away and wait till next year!
11 October 2016