And not the good kind of Godfather rules, like “leave the gun, take the cannoli” or “go to the mattresses.” Tonight’s game reminded me of Godfather III, “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
There I was with my scorecard, going along keeping score, although the Rockies blew the game wide open in the second, and had eight runs on the board to our one run by the third. The Giants scored the one run in the second when Hunter Pence drew a walk, Joe Panik got a base hit, Austin Slater singled and Matt Moore drew a walk with the bases loaded, scoring Panik and earning an RBI. It looked like it was going to be a long night.
I got out my jigsaw puzzle app, because sometimes it’s easier to look away from the TV when the game gets too ugly to watch, and by the fourth inning I was feeling pretty queasy.
Just when I thought I was going to finish my jigsaw puzzle, the game sucked me right back in. The Giants suddenly sprang to life in the seventh inning, and scored two more runs when Eduardo Nunez hit a single and Buster Posey followed with a home run. The Rockies still had a six-run lead, but suddenly the game looked like it could get interesting again.
The bad news is Nunez and Buster both came out of the game after that. Nunez for a tight hamstring and Buster for inflammation in his surgically repaired ankle. The good news is Nunez could be back anytime and Buster may only miss a couple of games.
The Giants tacked on five more runs in the eighth. Nick Hundley led off with a solo home run. Denard Span singled, Gorkys Hernandez reached on a fielder’s choice and Brandon Belt drew a walk. Manager Bruce Bochy tapped Ty Blach to pinch hit and he hit an RBI single, scoring Gorkys. Brandon Crawford smashed a three-run HR–the first one this year, bringing the Giants to within one-run.
The Giants tied it up in the ninth after Austin Slater hit a single, advanced to third on Denard Span’s single and scored on Gorkys’ sac fly.
The Rockies scored a walk-off run in the bottom of the ninth.
The final score was: Giants 9, Rockies 10
Even though the Giants lost, it was a great game because we got to see the spark light up and watch them battle back—something we haven’t seen from them in a while.
Whatever they did to get the line moving, I hope they keep it up. A girl could get used to this.
15 June 2017