But like I always say, in the words of the Giants former manager/player, Frank Robinson: “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.”
That’s a pretty narrow view, Frank.
The Giants played the reigning AL champ Cleveland Indians again, and when we played them a few short days ago, we broke our losing streak. We had our ace, Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Doug Greenwald announced the game and he’s been good luck for us lately. I had my troll dolls all combed out and a chicken ready for sacrifice. Everything was lined up for a win.
I guess some things just aren’t meant to be.
The game started out great. The Giants scored three runs in the second–Brandon Belt led off the inning with a solo HR, Mac Williamson got a base hit and Jimmy Rollins–former Phillies fan fave–hit a high flyer to right for a two-run homer. Added to Belt’s HR it gave the Giants a three-run lead.
The Indians managed to get three hits and one walk off Bumgarner and scored two runs in the fourth, both unearned.The Indians went on to score two more runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
I wasn’t worried, the Giants still had some gas in the tank. After the Indians took a two run lead in the seventh, the Giants tied it up–Kelby Tomlinson hit a single and advanced to second on an error that allowed Gorkys Hernandez to reach. Tomlinson moved to third and Hernandez advanced to second when Aaron Hill was hit by a pitch. Tomlinson scored on a wild pitch and Hernandez came home when Justin Ruggiano ground into a double play.
Chris Marrero–who leads the team in HRs and RBIs this spring–tripled in the eighth and scored on Jae-gyun Hwang‘s RBI single. We had a couple of base runners in the ninth, but the Indians pitcher fanned the next three hitters to end the game.
The final score was: Giants 6, Indians 7
When the Giants game was over, I tuned into the WBC game between Team USA and Team Colombia. After being held hitless through five and two-thirds, down by two, Team USA got a rally going that started with a base hit by our very own Brandon Crawford. Crawford played shortstop and batted ninth for Team USA. Until Crawford’s hit, the Colombian pitcher had a no-hitter going. Crawford scored when Adam Jones–a center fielder with the Orioles–hit a two RBI double. Team USA went on to win with a walk off in the tenth.
Final score: USA 3, Colombia 2
The best thing about the WBC game? It was on TV. You could actually see the players and everything.
The Giants play Cincinnati Saturday at 12:05 pm. Johnny Cueto is pitching. Welcome back Johnny Cueto! It will be good to hear about him. The game will be broadcast on KNBR 680. What I wouldn’t give for a video feed.