I’m going to admit something–I had high hopes for Monday’s game against the Dodgers, but just a tiny bit of trepidation. Not that I didn’t believe in our guys, but I got a little scared in the ninth. It seems having a seven run lead is no guarantee against Giants torture.
Matt Cain pitched 6⅔ innings. Brilliantly. He allowed one run, five hits, three walks and he struck out five. Cory Gearrin and Josh Osich combined to give up the other three runs, while Bryan Morris and Derek Law–who closed the game down in the ninth–each had scoreless, one strike out outings.
The Giants bats were busy. In the third, Mac Williamson hit a single, advanced to second on Cain’s sac bunt and scored on Denard Span’s base hit. In the fourth, Brandon Belt hit a single, advanced to second when Buster Posey hit a single, and scored on Brandon Crawford’s double. Eduardo Nunez hit a single that scored both Buster and Crawford and Nunez was able to reach second on the throw. Nunez scored on Christian Arroyo’s sac fly.
The Giants scored again in the sixth when Arroyo got a base hit, stole second and scored on Mac’s single. They added on two in the seventh with Buster’s solo home run—then Crawford followed by drawing a walk and scoring on Nunez’s double.
The final score was; Giants 8, LA 4
I wasn’t sure I would make it through the 9th inning torture where the bullpen had me living and dying on each pitch. The first run scored and I thought “it’s ok, there’s one out and we still have a six-run lead.” Then another run scored and I started to sweat a little—there were runners on second and third and still only one out. Law threw a wild pitch and the runner from third scored. honest-to-God stood up and yelled at Law. I know he inherited the base runner. He was supposed to disinherit him before the game got away from him.
It wasn’t looking good. We still had a four-run lead, but I’ve seen those disappear faster than than sunshine on a summer day in the City. Law got the next guy to flyout and then struck out LA’s last batter on a foul tip.
Which leads me to the question: If the Giants don’t torture us, does the W still count? Somehow, I think it will feel a bit like cheating.
15 May 2017