Greek Giant

The Heroes Were Many

I don’t know where to begin with this game. After Tuesday’s crushing 7-6 loss the Giants came back from a five-run deficit to win last night’s contest in Pittsburgh by a score of 9-5 in what was one of the most exciting baseball games you will ever see. The win came in ten innings and there were many, I mean many Giant heroes in this one so I am just going to make a bullet list in order of heroics, by my very own subjective calculations:

  • Hero #1: LaMonte Wade Jr. Mr. Wade Jr. hit a clutch two-out single in the top of the ninth inning with the giants losing 5-4. That hit scored Luis Matos, who happens to be my hero #2. Wade went 3-3 in the game and had three walks. Yes, he reached base in all six of his at bats. If he is not starting in today’s series finale I will personally begin an online petition to have both Bob Melvin and Farhan Zaidi fired and I will make it my life’s mission to see it through.
  • Hero #2: Luis Matos. Not only did Luis Matos keep the Giants alive with a hit with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth inning when they were trailing 5-4 he also had the baseball presence and hustle to take second base when Brian Reynolds bobbled the ball just a bit. That bobble meant an extra base and that extra base allowed Matos to score on Wade’s single to right. Without that extra base the Giants likely lose the game. That was perhaps the biggest play in the game and it was super exciting! See what I mean by Athleticism!? Matos also had an RBI single in the top of the tenth inning. Matos may end up winning NL Player of the Week for the second week in a row at this rate. He is playing lights out baseball in all its forms and is giving us all images of a young and modern Willie Mays with his enthusiasm and multi-dimensional greatness. Keep it up kid!
  • Hero #3: Matt Chapman. Mr. Chapman made three spectacular, I mean out of his mind plays at third base with the best one ending the game when he stopped a 100 MPH hard smash down the left field line off the bat of Joey Bart. Chapman whirled, picked it up and fired a heat-seeking missile to first to get the former Giant and end the game in the San Franciscans favor. Even Javy Lopez and Dave Fleming could not believe how great a play that was. Oh, and by the way Chapman also hit a home run in the game.
  • Hero #4: Patrick Bailey. Bailey did not have his best game defensively, failing to block some key pitches by Blake Snell, who addmittedly, was kind of all over the place. But in the clutch at bat in the top of the tenth, Patrick’s single gave the Giants the lead for good. It was beautiful.  Bailey went 3-5 in the game. Welcome Back Mr. Bailey!
  • Hero #5: The Giants Bullpen. Rodriguez, Rogers, Walker and Doval all pitched shoutouts to keep the game close and let the Giants chip away after the Snell-Hjelle duo gave up the five-spot in the bottom of the fourth inning.

A Game With Twists and Turns

The game had “former Giants turned Pirates come back to haunt San Francisco” written all over it. There were no less than three former Giants in the Pirate starting line up in the form of Joey Bart, Brian Reynolds, and Conor Joe (remember him?). Reynolds would hit a grand slam and Bart would hit the ball hard getting two hits and getting robbed by Chapman in his bid for a third knock and a hand in a Pirates comeback in the bottom of the tenth inning. There were more miscues by the Pirates and there were very quiet bats to start the game when the Giants were at bat. That was in no small part due to Jared Jones, the Pirates starting pitcher who was very impressive in the early going.

Blake Snell Returns

Last night marked the return of Blake Snell, the defending National League Cy Young Award-winner. It was his first start since May 19. His line is pretty awful (3 1/3 innings, four hits, four runs, four walks all allowed against five strikeouts and many wild pitches). It was Sean Hjelle who served up the ambush, first-pitch grand slam from Brian Reynolds’s bat. But those runners were on thanks to a horrifically wild inning by Snell. We are nearly one quarter of the way in the marathon called a Major League Baseball season and Blake Snell does not have a win, has never gone past the fifth inning, showed up to the team out of shape and not ready to pitch, got injured for a month and comes back and underwhelms. I’m none too pleased and if I am the Giants GM here’s my plan: Hope and Pray Snell reels off three good starts in a row and deal him immediately for some prospects. I’m tired of his act, quite frankly and I had been one of his biggest fans for years. Last night his pitches had movement and his velocity was fine but all the shenanigans, the delays looking into his glove to call his own game and figure out his pitch sequence, the wild pitches, the walks, the pitching in and out of trouble…

The Highlights

Matt Chapman ends the game.

The Wade Winning Knock.

Today’s Game

The Series finale between the Giants and Pirates takes place today at 12:35 PM, Pittsburgh time. The Giants have not yet announced a starting pitcher while the Pirates will send their pitching phenom Paul Skenes to the mound.