Apparently the Giants are no longer playing “Don’t Stop Believing” at the ballpark when the Giants have fallen behind the opponent du jour. Maybe they wore the record out. Maybe they need Steve Perry to lead the sing-along. Whatever the reason, they simply stopped believing.
When Thursday night’s game ended I was so tired, I fell asleep before I could start writing. I figured I could make up for lost time with my post about Friday night’s game. Who knew it would last so long?
The best thing about Thursday night’s game was in the sixth inning. You could hear the sound of the ball as it was cracked by the barrel of the bat and two runs scored off the combined efforts of Gorkys Hernandez, Denard Span and Eduardo Nunez. They were the only runs the Giants scored and it tied the game with San Diego for a couple of seconds. They took the runs right back in the bottom of the inning.
The final score for Thursday’s game was: Giants 2, Padres 5
Friday night, the Giants’ big inning was the first inning. Go figure. Four runs scored through the combined efforts of Span, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence. The Giants quietly gave those up and then some. By the ninth inning the Giants were trailing the Padres by three runs.
With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Buster got a rally going by drawing a walk and advancing to second on defensive indifference. Crawford singled, scoring Buster. Conor Gillaspie pinch hit and in true Conor fashion, quietly smashed the ball over the right field wall for a two-run homer tying the game.
It woulda been nice if we coulda scored another run to end the game. Shoulda done it. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. It’s like the story of my life. The Padres broke the tie in the 11th by taking back all three runs the Giants scored in the ninth. That’s baseball.
The final score for Friday’s game was: Giants 9, Padres 12
I’ll bet you a million $$$$ Denard Span’s favorite movie is not Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” What do you think?
Rumors are still flying. We heard Pablo was seen boarding a plane to San Francisco. Pablo himself told ESPN he was not ready to sign with the Giants because he’s had “several teams interested.” Sure. They’re beating down his door with a baseball bat. It was reported early Saturday morning he inked a minor league deal with the Giants. Proving once again, there’s no place like home.
Still thankful for Philadelphia, but do you hear the faint ringing of a bell? They’re coming for us. The Chicago White Sox are headed our way too. From a different direction.