After my rant yesterday, I heard from so many fans professing faith in the Giants. Real Giants’ fans believe.
Especially since we’re only seven games into the season.
And today we got to see the Giants we know and love.
Buster Posey led off the second inning with a walk, Brandon Crawford followed with a single and Chris Marrero‘s single, along with a throwing error by the Padres right fielder, drove Buster and Crawford home. Marrero advanced to third on the throw.
In the third inning, Brandon Belt drew a walk and scored when Hunter Pence roped the ball to left for a two-run home run. Buster was up next and he hit it high and deep to right for back-to-back opposite field jacks.
Johnny Cueto tossed a gem, he allowed two runs–one was a home run–on five hits and three walks. He struck out seven. Derek Law was the set-up man, he gave up one run–a home run. He walked one and struck out one.
And then we got to Mark Melancon, our new closer, in the ninth. He got the first hitter out with a grounder to Aaron Hill, who threw to Brandon Belt for the out at first. The next batter was the guy that’s been hitting like a machine off the Giants’ pitching staff. He reached on a base hit. Melancon walked the guy after that. The go ahead run came to the plate–one of the Padres big bats–with a runner in scoring position and one out.
We heard the sound of the ball against the wooden bat–recognize that sound? that’s what Giants torture sounds like–but the next thing we heard were the magic words: “Hill to Crawford to Belt—and that’s the ball game.”
The final score was: Giants 5, Padres 3
Like Tim Flannery said post-game: “a little Giants torture never hurt anybody.”
Come home guys. The San Francisco Giants faithful are waiting for you with a whole lotta love and a whole lotta faith.
9 April 2017