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Pablo Sandoval hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Giants a thrilling win over the Cubs of Chicago. Kyle Hendricks stymied the Giants for nearly 8 innings allowing only one unearned run but what an unearned run! Alen Hanson, aka Superman, scored from first on a wild pick off attempt. Yes, you read that right.

Andrew Suarez was very good again, limiting the Cubbies to one run and three hits in six innings despite allowing four walks.

A game ball goes to the bullpen for this: 5 innings, no runs, one hit, all in tense, pressure-packed innings!

That was a fantastic performance. Will Smith’s strikeout of Anthony Rizzo was especially sublime.

Brandon Crawford made two sterling plays in late innings to thwart rallies.

Kudos to the Giants fans at the game protecting the honor of our beloved team by chanting and screaming over the obnoxious, poorly dressed and misguided Cubs fans in attendance who deigned to holler and cheer as if they owned the place.

You showered them with cries of “Let’s Go Giants” that put them in their rightful places!

I was beaming with pride all the way back home in my Lake Worth living room at 1:15 AM New York Giants time.

Ok, it’s time to sing the praises of Pablo Sandoval. His play has been nothing short of inspirational so far this season. He has delivered key hits and played fine defense at both first and third. He has also, by all accounts, been an exceptionally intelligent, thoughtful and supportive teammate nurturing rookies and adding intensity and levity both to the clubhouse and dugout.

I was on record as not wanting Panda Redux but admittedly, I did not know all the facts. The acquisition and evolution of Pablo Sandoval is nothing less than an amazing human interest story. Bochy, Evans and Sabean all knew Panda had something left in the tank. Somebody in the organization must have said this:

“I believe in him. He is better than what he showed in Boston. He is a winner and he loves playing in San Francisco. Let’s give him a shot. He will produce.”

The Giants front office deserves a lot of credit for that move and for believing in Pablo Sandoval. No matter what happens this season we can all agree there have been many memorable victories and performances. There have been many wonderful storylines and developments thanks to the likes of Andrew Suarez, Gorkys Hernandez, Dereck Rodriguez, Pablo Sandoval and others.

Enough said!

Do I smell a Willie Mac Award in Kung Fu Panda’s future?

The Box

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Tonight Jose Quintanta is schedule to pitch against Johnny Cueto. First pitch is at 7:00 PM Juan Marichal time.