Matt Cain went with the long pants look tonight, no high black socks showing like usual. Cody Ross and Nate Schierholtz did the same thing. Maybe it was the orange jerseys. They look pretty bad with the knee pants, I have to say, and for most of the game I was getting damn grumpy about those orange jerseys. Funny, Tim Lincecum always sported the both-flaps-down trouser thing, except Wednesday, when he went out there with knee-high hose in NYC and whiffed 12 guys. Hey, whatever works.
The Giants worked Ubaldo Jimenez early, and he threw a lot of pitches and walked five guys. But they could only manage two hits and it looked like the Rockies ace would be an easy winner. Matt Cain had a little trouble in the 3rd, giving up two runs to make it 3-0, and that deficit looked insurmountable. Mike Fontenot, hottest bat on the team, blasted a triple in the 6th and the Giants were able to scratch out a run off Jimenez. He was out after that (118 pitches), and Matt Lindstrom pitched the 7th. Rafael Betancourt could not hold the lead in the 8th as the Giants worked some magic and got big hits from Buster Posey, Pat Burrell, and Nate Schierholtz to tie it up. Cody Ross led off the bottom of the 9th with his first extra base hit of the season and Freddy Sanchez brought him home for the biggest win of the young season. Good pitching, good fielding, timely hitting. Like I said, whatever works.
The Willie Mays 80th birthday was a lot of fun, as least from what I could see on the telecast. Even the "Star Bangled Banner" performed by Mic Gillette on three different horns was fresh and lively. A good night all around.
Happy Birthday, Willie!