You know the old saying “beware the Ides of March”? Madison Bumgarner proved today he ain’t afraid of no damn ides of nothing. He was masterful, he was magical, he was our ace. He pitched six innings and faced 19 batters, allowing only one hit and one walk. He’s doing his work. He’s getting ready for real time.
The thing is, the Angel’s starter pitched a pretty tight game too. The Giants weren’t able to score until the sixth when Eduardo Nunez led off with a double, stole second and scored on Mac Williamson‘s RBI ground out. Hunter Pence drew a walk, advanced to second on Williamson’s ground out and came home on Michael Morse‘s RBI double. Morse scored on a throwing error by the Angel’s pitcher that allowed Nick Hundley to reach and advance to second. Aaron Hill plated Hundley with an RBI single, but was thrown out attempting to reach second.
Our rookie Ty Blach pitched the seventh, and allowed four runs on five hits, letting the Angels tie it up. Blach pitched a perfect eighth–looking a lot more like the phenom we know and love.
The Giants pulled ahead again in the eighth: Williamson hit a double and scored on Morse’s single, while Morse advanced to second on the throw. Orlando Calixte entered the game to pinch run for Morse and scored when Tim Federowicz hit a double to center field. Federowicz advanced to third on Kelby Tomlinson‘s single and scored on a balk.
Steven Okert closed it out in the ninth, allowing one hit but no runs.
The final score was: Giants 7, Angels 4
The Giants have another day off tomorrow, that means I have no excuse for not getting my real work done. I suppose I’ll make an attempt to behave, unless anyone has a better idea?
Otherwise we’re back Friday for a little luck o’the Irish. Matty O’Cain is scheduled to pitch for the Giants as they take on the Rockies. Grab your green beer and tune your TV to NBC Bay Area for the 6:05 pm start. It’s also on KNBR 680 if you’re kicking it old school.
And for those of you so inclined–Erin Go Bragh! (that was for you, Grandpa)
15 March 2017