Saturday, July 5, 2014

Giants Win!

Oh, how sweet it is to write those words. The Giants pull off a dramatic and historic win, hitting home runs in both the 9th and 10th innings to beat the Padres in San Diego 5-3. They had not pulled off a feat like that since 1986. The Dodgers, bless them, lost to the Rockies. The Giants have played baseball about as poorly as it can be played at the major league level. The win percentage, the loss of a 9-1/2 game lead in mere weeks, and the futility on both sides of the ball reached epic status. The Giants didn't shrink from having a bad run--they embraced it fully, as a team, when it came. They wrote new chapters in the annals of losing. And after all that, after throwing away a month of baseball while their rivals were turning on the jets, they are a mere half-game out of first place. It seems inconceivable, but there they are. One win certainly does not stop a streak, and I really thought The Freak's no-hitter was that "spark" the team would respond to. But this was certainly a big win nonetheless. Speaking of The Freak, he goes tomorrow afternoon.




campanari said...

Especially pleasing to me was that they started to play like the Good Giants of April and May, coming from behind with heroics on defense (Crawford!) and clutch homers in the 9th and 10th. It used to be that one would find the team a bit behind in late innings and wonder who would lead the comeback; more recently, one knew that there would be no comeback; tonight, with lots of on-field celebration, we had the great scenario of earlier this season. A harbinger or just a quick binge?

Zo said...

I saw a graphic that I believe indicated that the Giants have blown a 9 game lead in the fewest games in baseball history.

Brother Bob said...

Romo came awfully close to losing it in the 9th. It was great to see him salvage the situation.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Zo, I saw that too. Worse turnaround in history, apparently. You have to love a team that makes history, eh?