The Giants wasted a another fine start (Game Score 61), this one by Jonathan Sanchez. To be fair, they were up against Johan Santana, who won his first Cy Young when JSanchez was still in A-ball. The game appeared lost until the bottom of the 9th when Pablo Sandoval started a rally with, of all things, a walk. It was a great effort against K-Rod, who is one of the best. A Juan Uribe single and an Eli Whiteside sacrifice bunt put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Travis Ishikawa then smoked a line-drive single to center that tied the game, and Andres Torres followed him with a rope into the right field corner that I thought for a instant might win it. Alas, Jeff Francouer came up with the ball cleanly and kept Ishikawa at third base. Freddy "5-3" Sanchez hit one of his signature ground balls to the left side--I thought the probability of him doing that was very high at that point, and could not believe the Giants had the contact play on. They did, however, and it looked like another wasted opportunity. The Giants then caught a break--Wright made a high throw home--and Ishikawa slid under the tag for what should have been the winning run. The Mets then caught a break--home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi missed the call--and the game went to the 10th. It was a spirited comeback by the local lads, only to fall short. Still, I was impressed. The rally caught me by surprise as we looked like our bags were packed and we were done. Brian Wilson, who has been brilliant this season, gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th on a monster double by rookie Ike Davis, his second of the game. He hit two home runs last night, so I think we can say he's "seeing the ball real good."
I was really hoping for a sweep, but three out of four against a good team ain't bad. The Giants go to Chavez LAtrine for three games starting tomorrow. The Dodgers just got swept in St. Louis and are a game behind us. Perhaps we'll turn it around against the NL West this week. Struggling James McDonald gets the call against Madison Bumgarner. That looks like a good opportunity, I hope we can take advantage of it.