SF Giants Holy Panda-monium

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants Parade

Wednesday’s Giants’ game caught me by surprise. I know Wednesday games are often day games, but I wasn’t paying attention to the schedule and I had some work to do. I had the game on in the background and glanced it’s way whenever I had the chance.

The Giants treated us to a little classic Giants torture in the end, but ultimately came away the winners. Matt Cain pitched a great game, all things considered, he allowed three runs, five hits, two walks and struck out five.

Denard Span led-off the first with a double, Miguel Gomez followed with a single that advanced Span to third, and Span scored on Brandon Crawford‘s productive out. The Indians scored three runs in the third, but the Giants took one back when Span splashed one into the drink in the fifth.

The Giants remained one run back until the eighth. The Indians scored another run to give them a two-run lead. The Giants put an end to the Indians lead in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs. Brandon Belt drew a walk, advanced to second on Crawford’s base hit and scored when Conor Gillaspie reached on a force attempt, Indians fielding error, that advanced Crawford to third. Buster Posey pinch hit a double scoring Crawford and Gillaspie, giving the Giants a one-run lead.

Sam Dyson faced six batters in the ninth and he was in the weeds after giving up a hit, a walk and a hit by a pitch. With two outs and the bases loaded, the sixth batter hit a high fly ball to right that took my breath away. But it was in the park and Hunter Pence was in right field, holding out his glove, ready to give the ball a place to land.

The final score was: Giants 5, Indians 4

I have scoffed at most of the trade rumors I’ve heard. Giancarlo Stanton won’t be a Giant anytime soon. The guys who are having great seasons want to go to a contender if they’re going to be traded. Apparently, the guy who is having a terrible season made it clear he would love to be a Giant. Again.

Apparently the Giants agreed, because they inked a minor league deal with former Giants third baseman, Pablo Sandoval. Personally, I don’t want him, but I don’t have to play with him. If by some miracle he manages to get back to the bigs, he might not get a warm, fuzzy reception from his former team mates. Except maybe Hunter Pence. If you think I’m kidding read Giants’ insider Alex Pavlovic’s post about it:


All I know is there is an old saying—”you can’t go home again.” I think Panda is about to learn that lesson the hard way.

Ever grateful to Philadelphia. Let freedom ring.

Toni Cecchetti

19 July 2017

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