The Giants played the San Diego Padres at AT&T South. I figured if we get the Giants to California–let them play in the salt air with the seagulls and a marine layer hovering in the Pacific–we’d be treated to some Giants magic.
Didn’t we almost have it all?
I know, I know. Per Frank Robinson, almost doesn’t count in baseball. But it sure makes a game interesting.
The Giants were first on the board after Joe Panik led off the game with a double. He advanced to third on Aaron Hill‘s sac fly and scored when the Padres pitcher was called on a balk. That’s one way to get a run.
Another way to get a run–and a wayI like a whole lot better–is to do like Brandon Belt did in the sixth inning and smack a moonshot into the bleachers with the bases loaded. Scoring on Belt’s grand slam were: Conor Gillaspie, who reached on a single; Panik; who hit a double; and Aaron Hill who drew a walk. Today Belt hit his first Grand Slam as major leaguer. It’s funny, when he was taking his loop around the bases, he looked so cool. Like he does it every day.
Maybe even twice a day. Like today. The second home run wasn’t the big salami, but it’s still a big deal. Ask Madison Bumgarner. Two Giants have smacked home runs in consecutive at bats so far this year. And we lost both games.
The Giants were ahead a couple of times, but the Friars managed to come up with timely hits and home runs of their own. Matt Cain got roughed up in the first 4⅓ innings and allowed four runs to score on six hits and three runs. He struck out three. George Kontos got beat up in the seventh when he gave up three runs on two hits and three walks.
The final score was: Giants 6, Padres 7
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking on the bright side of this one. Belt belted it twice. I can’t wait to see him hit a couple out of AT&T. Splish, Splash.
7 April 2017
Great big birthday wishes to my son Ernie…Big 34! How is that possible?!?!