SF Giants-Life’s a Beach

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Time to go home. On Wednesday the Marlins rolled up the Welcome Mat the Giants used Tuesday night to clean the fish scales off their cleats.

As for Wednesday’s game, watch out for that first inning. It was a doozy. Combine catcher interference, a freak missed catch, and an error with a ball hit to No Man’s Land, and you have the formula for disaster. AKA a four-run inning. Each action standing alone wouldn’t do much damage, but falling one right after the other like they did, and—ouch. It’s gonna leave a mark.

The good news for Matt Cain is three of the runs scored on that unholy mess were unearned. The bad news is they all count toward the big “L”.

The Giants put a run on the board in the third inning by cobbling together enough singles and an error to score a run. With two outs, Jarrett Parker singled, Pablo Sandoval followed with another single and Brandon Crawford reached on an error, scoring Parker. That was the extent of the Giants rally.

The Marlins continued to score and Matt Cain left after pitching four innings, which, according to the guys, is typical for a spot start. He allowed five runs–two were earned–five hits and one walk, while striking out seven. Albert Suarez worked three innings and allowed three runs, four hits, three walks and struck out one. Josh Osich finished things off with a scoreless inning.

The final score was: Giants 1, Marlins 8

I know I’m probably the only casual fan paying such close attention, but I’ve had my eye on our win percentage these last few weeks. You can tell because I keep you updated on our current place in the MLB. The reason I’m watching is because I’m obsessed with seeing our win percentage rise above .400. Only three teams still live in the 300’s. The Phillies, the White Sox and the Giants. After Tuesday’s win,  we were at .397. We were close. We were so close. But that’s baseball.

.400—because it’s good to have a goal.

#28 and holding, but there are still Wednesday games to play.

Toni Cecchetti

16 August 2017

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