Kelly Johnson was on first base in the bottom of the 8th inning with two outs when Chris Young hit a screamer into the left field corner off Sergio Romo. The ball took a funny hop, spitting itself out like a watermelon seed, right at the chin of streaking Aaron Rowand. Unfazed, he snatched it out of the air barehanded, pivoted, and threw a line drive to cutoff man Miguel Tejada. The shortstop promptly spun and threw a strike to catcher Eli Whiteside, who had time to set himself before tagging the hapless Johnson. A child could have called that play. But my word, what a lovely play! Rowand-to-Tejada-to-Whiteside may not have much romance to it, but it sure turned out a to be a thing of beauty. It was one of those perfectly timed, expertly executed events that happen all the time in baseball games but still make you sit up and holler "yeah!". The play saved a run and preserved the 3-2 lead for Madison Bumgarner, who delivered yet another quality start, his TENTH in a row. What a year this kid is having! Forget "wins" and "losses." Anyone with half a fookin' brain knows it's a goddamn TEAM GAME. Pitching may be the most important part, but it is not the only part. You have to hit and catch and throw and run and all the rest. The lefty has not had the support his efforts have deserved. Tonight though, the lads were tough and resourceful and worked the Arizonans for FIVE big ones which turned out to be more than enough. New man Bill Hall got a big hit, and as did Newly Risen Pat Burrell. Mostly, though, this was about MadBum. When the going got tough in the bottom of the 6th, two on with only one out, he struck out both Stephen Drew and Xavier Nady to end it. Another impressive win by the Giants!
Ryan Vogelsong gets his shot tomorrow.