It’s raining wins, hallelujah, it’s raining wins.
I didn’t do a write up for Friday’s game. Going scoreless six innings, down by two, then scoring three runs in the seventh, only to have a rain delay called with two outs and the bases loaded–they were really ducks on the pond in that weather–I was a wreck. After the 46 minute rain delay, Brandon Crawford flied out to left ending the inning.
When the Cardinals came to the plate, they took back the three runs, I was deflated. But the Giants rallied–scoring one run in the eighth and two in the ninth–finishing it up with a one-run lead. I was instantly elated. I went through more emotional upheaval than a teenager in those nine innings.
The final score was: Giants 6, St. Louis 5
Saturday’s game was another story altogether. Scoreless game, extra innings–you gotta love free baseball!–and of course, the ubiquitous rain delay. Would someone in St. Louis please work on the weather machine?
The rain delay–42 minutes this time–was called before either team scored. Both teams were scoreless until the 13th.
Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back-to-back singles, loading the bases. The Kid–Christian Arroyo–came through with a two-run double that scored Posey and Crawford. Nick Hundley hit a sac fly scoring Nunez.
Mark Melancon got the save. He allowed one run to score in the bottom of the 13th, but shut the Cardinals down before they could score any more.
The final score was: Giants 3, Cardinals 1
Jeff Samardzija didn’t get the win officially for Saturday”s game, but there can be no doubt, the Giants don’t get the win without his lights out performance over eight shut out innings. Ok, he gave up a few hits, but nothing with teeth. And how about when he gunned down Yadier Molina when Molina tried to steal second? Great heads up play by Brandon Crawford who put the tag on the Cardinals’ catcher.
Speaking of great plays—my favorite was in the ninth, when the Cardinals first baseman hit a double to left and decided to challenge Nunez by turning it into a triple. I think he underestimated Nunez’s arm a bit because Nunez air mailed the ball to Arroyo who applied the tag on the sliding runner before he could touch the bag.
I know we’re not counting, but that’s two for the road.
20 May 2017