You’re probably thinking I posted so late because I had writer’s block again (maybe) or I was goofing off (warmer) but the truth is I fell asleep. How did I manage to post in the middle of the night? Could it be I couldn’t stay asleep because I didn’t write my version of the duel in the desert? Sure, we’ll go with that. It sounds better than the truth, which is–much like a newborn baby–I don’t sleep through the night.
The Giants looked good after the day off. Bonus–it was a Johnny Cueto night. And it was just what we needed. Sunday’s loss was disappointing, even if it was historical.
Cueto was masterful, his usual self, and he looked like he was having fun out there. Like I said usual. Oh sure, he gave up four runs–two were home runs–on six hits and two walks, but he struck out five of the 23 hitters he faced in five complete innings. He came through at the plate too.
The Giants scored early, putting up two runs in the second after Eduardo Nunez hit a single, then moved to second when Joe Panik drew a walk and advanced to third on Johnny Beisbol’s single. Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-RBI single, scoring Nunez and Panik.
In the third inning, Buster Posey reached on a DBack error, Brandon Crawford hit a double and advanced to third when Nunez reached on a fielder’s choice that took Buster out in a rundown between third and home. Crawford scored on Chris Marrero‘s sac fly.
But the fifth inning is where the score really changed. Crawford led off with a solo home run. Nunez singled and advanced to third on Panik’s single. Nunez scored when Cueto reached on an error. Panik and Cueto scored on Hernandez’s two-RBI double. Brandon Belt‘s double scored Hernandez.
After the fifth inning, Cueto came out of the game, nobody scored for the rest of the game and I fell asleep in the seventh. But I know from the box score our relief pitchers kept Arizona scoreless–George Kontos and Derek Law held them hitless even–for the rest of the game.
The final score was: Giants 8, Arizona 4
Does this mean if the game isn’t highly entertaining or an edge of my seat, nail-biter, I’m going to fall asleep? Maybe. But one thing is for sure. I’ll wake up and write about what I saw. And lucky for me, NBC Sports Bay Area apparently plays an encore. I’ll pick up what I missed the second time around. As long as I don’t fall asleep again.
One can always hope. It’s baseball. And baseball is all about hope.
04 April 2017