Sometimes you just need to be grateful and not worry about how you got what you wanted. While this win will not give us all much confidence that the Giants are primed for a postseason run, it was gratifying nonetheless. Kelby Tomlinson’s single with one out in the top of the tenth drove home Angel Pagan. Denard Span followed that hit with blistering home run down the right field line that may have broken the sound barrier to give the Giants a little cushion.
The Perils of Madbum
After blowing a 6-0 lead, the Giants bullpen hung tough against a suddenly dangerous and powerful Padres lineup. Madison Bumgarner was not quite himself allowing three homers and exiting in the 6th. He has looked off at times, perhaps fatigued. No pitcher in the Majors has thrown more pitches than Madbum. Or, perhaps he is just bored with the offseason and wants to start the playoffs so he can add to his legend… It must be so very difficult to play among mere mortals when you have already built your custom home in Mount Olympos down the street from Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax…
Sergio Romo secured the save with a game-ending double play after giving up two hits in the tenth. Bruce Bochy did his thing employing relievers like bullets in a Gattling Gun, seemingly never-ending and automatic.
The bottom line is the Giants are now tied with the Mets for the first Wildcard spot.
This was a game where the Giants bats work up with some big hits. The offense produced with RBIs from Panik, Nunez, Posey and Pence, in addition to the heroics of Tomlinson and Span.
Eduardo Nunez made a fantastic play on a pop-up Buster Posey could not find in the San Diego twilight of the home plate area.
Denard Span, the much-maligned center fielder was in the middle of a bad September.