SF Giants Gamer Babe on sabbatical

Scan_20170730 (3)Give a girl Thursday off and she takes the whole weekend.

Family doings kept me from being able to write about Saturday’s game, but I kept a corner of my eye on it.

I had high hopes it would turn out better than Friday night. The BFF’s–Vickie and Sherry–were here to watch Friday’s game with me, and our concentrated mojo couldn’t conjure up a win. We had ’em on the ropes for a minute though, didn’t we?

I had fun anyway. Nothing better than spending time with old friends. And I do mean old. What? We’ve been friends for almost 50 years. What did you think I meant?

Sunday’s game was a solitary experience for me. Classic pitching duel–our Ace, Madison Bumgarner v. the Dodgers Korean hurler–with a large side of double plays—six—not turned by the Giants, but hit into by the Giants. Bumgarner’s pitching kept our feet out of the fire.

Conor Gillaspie gave the Giants a chance with a solo round-tripper in the eighth, but the Dodgers took it back in the ninth.

Extra innings. You know what I always say—nothing better than free baseball. Except for winning free baseball. I’m sure the Dodgers will agree.

The Giants scored a run in the 11th when Kelby Tomlinson hit a single, stole second, advanced to third on Denard Span‘s ground out and scored on Joe Panik‘s single. The Dodgers answered back in the bottom of the inning. With two men on, a Dodger rookie making his MLB, debut–of course he was–hit a single for the walk-off win.

The final score was: Giants 2, Dodgers 3

Here’s the good news. The boys will be back in the Bay with Monday’s game at Oakland.

There’s no place like home.

Still grateful to Philly, but they’re coming up on us so hard the Liberty Bell is gonna crack again. The White Sox beat the AL Champ Indians for a mini turn-around. They say it’s lonely at the top, but it’s starting to feel like the Giants are heading toward solitary confinement at the bottom. You know the old saying—misery loves company. How about some more visitors?

Toni Cecchetti

30 July 2017

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