SF Giants WTF Bullpen?

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After Thursdays game I yammered indignantly about an umpire’s call. Friday night it was all about our relievers.

First of all, Johnnie Cueto got the job done. His first appearance after his rehab stint went like this: he pitched five and a third innings, allowed two runs—one was a home run, four hits, one walk and two strike outs. He did his job. And he did it well.

The thing is, the Giants offense did their job too. They kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the the second when Brandon Crawford hit a real, honest-to-god home run with Buster Posey on board. No one challenged it. Although Mike Krukow said someone “tried to call NY, but the line was busy.”  Another run came in when Hunter Pence scored on Denard Span‘s single.

The Redbirds scored two runs in the top of the third, but the Giants took those right back in the bottom of the inning when Pence’s two RBI triple scored Posey and Crawford. Cueto left the game in the sixth with two men on and one out. Steven Okert and Derek Law, our September call-ups, each faced one batter for the out to finish the inning. The score didn’t change until the seventh.

The seventh inning is when things started to get ugly. Hunter Strickland gave up a triple—which was reviewed to see if it could be a home run, since the umpires got it wrong Thursday—and a home run. Strickland gave up a single and Josh Osich relieved Strickland. Osich walked the next batter and Kyle Crick took over on the mound and got the two outs needed to end the inning.

Mark Melancon pitched the eighth inning and got two quick outs before giving up a single and a run scoring triple. He got the next guy out and the inning was over.

Sam Dyson, our mostly reliable and somewhat surprising closer, pitched the ninth. He pitched it right over a cliff. Let’s just say he gave up five runs and five hits, then Albert Suarez followed with a run and a hit. It was too ugly for words.

In the bottom of the inning, the Giants made a feeble attempt at a rally—Kelby Tomlinson singled and scored on Buster’s double, but they ended up sticking a fork in it. It was done.

The final score was: Giants 6, Cardinals 11

It was nice of the MLB to apologize to Brandon Crawford for making an incorrect call. Even more nice—and what shows a lot of class—Jalynne Crawford found the fan and gave him tickets to another game and a baseball Brandon signed for him.

You gotta love our Giants.

#29 and still holding. By a thread.

Toni Cecchetti

1 September 2017

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