SF Giants there’s a new kid in town

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It’s called good, solid, fundamental baseball. And Christian Arroyo.

The guys in the post-game studio show are already working on nicknames for the kid. The Bulldog. Double Deuce. Personally? I like Sparky because he is the spark that lit the much-needed fire Monday night.

Good things were happening even before the Giants took the field. We were in desperate need of some good stuff to get us past last week’s torrent of bad juju.

A long-time Giants fan and Jr. Giants supporter asked his girlfriend–a fellow Giants fan–to marry him and she said yes. Good karma.

Sergio Romo was met with cheers, a whole lotta love and a standing ovation. Giants fans will never forget everything he did for the three WS championships. He’s a #foreverGiant. Better karma.

Madison Bumgarner talked about his accident and expressed a lot of remorse for his decision. He apologized to his teammates and said he regrets what happened. More better karma.

There was a hum among Giants fans on the internet before the game Monday. Fans were excited, talking about getting out to the yard to show the guys some love. You could feel the excitement humming in the air. Then the Giants announced they were calling Arroyo up from Sacramento. You could hear the cheers from here. Drew Stubbs–outfielder–was called up too. Best karma.

Both new players provided some help with the offense. Brandon Crawford led off the second with a double. Arroyo followed with a groundout that advanced Crawford to third, and  Crawford scored on Joe Panik‘s sac fly. That’s what I call good, solid, fundamental baseball.

Panik got a base hit in the seventh, advanced to second when Stubbs drew a walk and scored on Hunter Pence‘s single. More good, solid, fundamental baseball. Build a run factory and start manufacturing. Giants style.

Arroyo and Stubbs both provided solid defense, but Arroyo went above and beyond when he fielded a ball that bounced off Matt Cain and got the runner at first. Arroyo–the newest Giant, even helped Cain–the longest tenured Giant–to his feet and got a chest bump from the old Horse for his effort. Excellent karma.

The final score was: Giants 2, LA 1

Cain was magnificent. He pitched six solid, allowing two hits and a walk. He struck out three. Cain left the game with a hamstring thing. They’ll check him out. Steven Okert and George Kontos combined to pitch a scoreless seventh and Derek Law gave up a walk, a hit and a run in the eighth.

Mark Melancon got his first save opportunity since we played in Kansas City. He gave up a hit and the runner advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs and the tying run on second,  Melancon had us on the edge of our seats with the famous Giants torture. Buster put us out of our misery when he gunned down the runner who strayed too far from the bag anticipating a hit. Brandon Crawford tagged him out. They did the same thing the inning before. Just like they practiced in ST.

Are the Giants back? Too soon to tell. But I know this much is true: they took a badly needed step in the right direction.

Toni Cecchetti

24 April 2017

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