The Giants continued their magical season with an extraordinary win against the Reds today. I think I typed that sentence yesterday. And the day before. If I didn't, I said something similar. I don't quite know how to describe this team other than to say that they are winners. They win ballgames. Buster Posey, immortal among the living, hit a grand slam to make it 6-0 and they hung on from there. Six pitchers, 173 pitches. It wasn't Matt Cain's finest work, but he did what he had to do which was out-pitch Mat Latos. With the Giants lighting up their nemesis (better the enemy you know, eh?), Matty had to keep the lid on and get it to the 'pen. He succeeded, mostly, into the 6th inning. The strike 'em out and throw 'em out double play was huge, and then George Kontos came on and got an out on one pitch. The 'pen took it from there and with the help of a great catch by Angel Pagan got the job done. It was scary at times. Very scary. One could not help but think of a certain 5-0 lead with everything on the line that evaporated in a heartbeat, but we didn't have to suffer that particular sort of agony today. The Reds and their fans get that role this off-season. No schadenfreude for me, though, I've been to the very top and to the very bottom as a Giants fan, and I know what if feels like to root for a good team and watch it make history. I mean not good history, like stuff you hope everyone forgets. Sorry to descend into melancholia, but a game like today's puts you through the wringer, and all the emotions come out. I was at work, fer chrissakes, and all I had was GameDay, and I stopped looking at it when Sergio Romo had two on, one in, and one out. He rose to the moment in a marathon duel with Jay Bruce for the second out, and nailed it down by striking out Scott Rolen. The Reds go 2-13 with runners in scoring position. What a performance by the entire team to defeat an impressive foe.
After Sunday night's terrible game, Zo said YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE, thus earning RMC's Hunter Pence Award for inspirational words.
We did. And the Giants came through with some thrilling baseball.
On to the championship series!
p.s. @JC: you da man, you rescued me in the 9th!