The Giants looked like they were ready to add another notch in our win column, but KA-BLAM! Just like that we were stuck in the desert sand.
The sad news is we were actually just one tricky hop from the promised land.
The Giants got off to a good start in the second inning after Eduardo Nunez hit a single, stole second and scored on Joe Panik‘s base hit. In the third, Brandon Belt hit a triple and Hunter Pence batted him in with a single. Buster Posey hit a single, Pence advanced to third and came home on Brandon Crawford‘s sac fly.
The DBacks scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but no big deal, we still had a two- run lead. And then the fifth inning came along. Oh it started real nice, with a moon shot off Belt’s bat–he made it look easy and smooth, like sliding a hot knife through butter.
The bottom of the fifth is where the trouble began. And the Giants were just seconds from a clean get away. There were two outs when one of the DBacks smacked the ball and when Belt went to field it, it took a tricky hop away from him. Suddenly Snakes were slithering around the bases and the game was tied.
Arizona scored two more runs off Moore in the sixth. When all was said and done, Matt Moore‘s day went like this: he allowed six runs–three earned–on eight hits and two walks. He struck out three. Neil Ramirez–formerly Cubs/Brewers/Twins–gave up two more runs on two hits in the seventh, but look on the bright side–he recorded four strikeouts in the one and a third innings he pitched.
Buster, Crawford and Nunez hit back-to-back-to-back singles filling the bags in the eighth. Buster scored when Aaron Hill drew a bases loaded walk and Crawford scored on a wild pitch. Although it wasn’t too late, it was too little.
The final score was: Giants 6, Arizona 8
The answer to the question nobody is asking, is yes, I stayed awake for this one and we lost. It’s too soon to say I jinxed it. But I’m keeping track.
5 April 2017