SF Giants I’ve been on the DL

kontos 08.05I know Brandon Belt is on the 7-day concussion DL. I wish him a speedy, complete recovery. I’ve been on the DL too. I feel like I’ve been on the DL more than Angel Pagan on a bad year.

Other roster moves lately have me feeling a little melancholy—I’ve always liked George Kontos, but let’s face it, he hasn’t been at the top of his game lately. I still hate to see him go. I’m going to miss Conor Gillaspie, he’s been clutch for us when we needed him and I get that we have Pablo Sandoval back, but I think Conor earned his spot. I was sorry to see Rae-gyun Hwang go back to Sacramento, but he hasn’t come up with much lately either. Maybe another time.

Before Saturday’s game, the Giants celebrated the 1997 Giants team, who went from worst in 1996 to first in 1997. It can be done. Just keep the faith.

Saturday evening the Panda disproved the old “you can’t go home again” theory. He was welcomed with cheers, applause, and a modicum of boos, but he came through when we needed it the most.

Chris Stratton pitched for the Giants and he had a decent outing. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs–two earned–five hits, four walks and he struck out four. Not bad for a rookie, right?

The Giants spent six innings spinning their bats before getting them to count. In fact, in the third inning, the Giants had two runners in scoring position with ZERO outs, and couldn’t bring either one in. After six innings, the Giants were in a shutout, down four runs.

The seventh inning was a different story. The Panda led off the inning with a double and was followed by Jarrett Parker, who hit a double scoring Pablo. Hunter Pence was next up and he hit a home run scoring Jarrett too.

Kelby Tomlinson led off the eighth with a single, Brandon Crawford followed up with a single driving Kelby to third and Kelby scored when Buster Posey hit into a double play, tying the score.

You know what that means? Free baseball! Extra innings. But not too many. Denard Span led off the tenth with a double, Kelby drew a walk, BCraw hit into a double play advancing Denard to third and Parker hit a single for the walk off win. Easy peasy.

The final score was: Giants 5, DBacks 4

Going with the theme “everything old is new again” maybe we should give a shout out to Tim Lincecum, Jake Peavy, Angel Pagan, Joaquin Arias, and anyone else who isn’t playing right now. They can join their old pal, Pablo. Let’s get the band back together. You have to admit, they played pretty good music.

Toni Cecchetti

5 August 2017

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