SF Giants Extra Royal Treatment

MarkMelancon 04.18So many things to talk about–Bruce Bochy‘s heart, the game in Kansas City, Mark Melancon‘s save opportunity, and probably a whole lot more. But the real story? Our old Horse isn’t ready for the glue factory yet.

Matt Cain pitched a good, solid game. He went seven complete innings, allowing one run–a home run–four hits, two walks and struck out three. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him.

The Giants bats were slow to start, but so were the Royals–they hit their one home run in the fifth. Joe Panik led off the sixth with a line drive single to right, advanced to second when Brandon Belt drew a walk, and scored from second when Hunter Pence hit a single.

Ty Blach, George Kontos and Steven Okert combined to pitch the eighth, and Derek Law pitched a scoreless–but not hitless, there was some torture involved–ninth and tenth. The game remained tied until the 11th, when Nick Hundley sparked a nice rally with a two out double and scored on Panik’s single.

Melancon closed and got the save, but not without adding some of the requisite Giants torture by giving up a couple of hits. Otherwise, he struck out the side. He doesn’t want to make it look easy–to paraphrase an old Donna Summer classic, He Works Hard for the Money.

The final score was: Giants 2, Royals 1

Now, about Bruce Bochy. After listening to Ray Ratto on “The Happy Hour“–I watched for about 10 minutes, I’d say it is anything but–Bruce Bochy is not long for the game. Ratto apparently thinks Bochy’s wife will require Bochy to quit before she has to “collect his remains at a ballpark.” On that happy thought, I quit listening to Ray Ratto. What a putz. I hope Bochy stays with us a long, long, long–and healthy–time.

Bochy had a minor procedure to keep the old ticker running smooth. Here’s to a speedy, complete recovery Skip. Looking forward to having you back.

Toni Cecchetti

18 April 2017

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