Friday, July 19, 2019

Seven Straight!

SF 1  NYM 0 (10)
Last night it was Thor, he of the epic heat. Tonight it was deGrom, one of the most badass whiff artists in the league. The Giants won in extras last night. The Giants won in extras tonight. Hey, bring it on. This team is ready for it.

Well, it was 0-0 until the 10th, and much credit is due to rookie hurler Tyler Beede who threw the best start of his big-league career. He gave up only three hits in eight innings and subdued the Mets on a crisp 89 pitches. I think the pitcher his pedigree says he should be--1st round pick from Vandy--is starting to emerge. That's good news for the rest of the season and beyond.

The game was decided on one of those fluke plays that happen now and then. With Alex Dickerson on first with two outs, Panda popped one up to shallow left field. The shortstop, Amed Rosario, ran after it BCraw-style, looking to get it over-the-shoulder. The left fielder, Dominic Smith, probably should have taken charge, and eventually did reach out to catch the ball as Rosario realized he would not reach it, but then he dropped it. Dickerson was almost to third base when Wotus gave him the "go" sign and he rounded the bag. Smith alertly picked up the ball and fired it to third baseman Todd Frazier who whipped around and threw right to home plate. Unfortunately no one was there. Catcher Wilson Ramos was in foul ground, on the third base side, either out of position or yielding the running lane, I couldn't tell. Regardless, he was not able to get to the ball and Dickerson scored the winner easily.

Weird, but wonderful.

The Giants have achieved what seemed impossible not long ago--a .500 record. They are 49-49 and 2-1/2 games up on San Diego and Colorado, and only a game behind Arizona.

Jeff Samardzija goes tomorrow afternoon, 1:05 Pacific.




Brother Bob said...

I keep falling asleep and missing these great endings. The big news for the last few days is even if the offense cools off, our starting pitchers are doing a great job. The bullpen is solid as usual. Of course the baseball gods are involved somehow, but I stopped trying to figure them out.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Best not to worry about the gods, they are gonna do what they are gonna do and we are at their mercy.

What's fun about this team is that everyone is contributing. It takes all 25 guys (+/-3 or so from AAA!) to make a streak like this happen. I almost don't look at the lineup because it feels like it doesn't matter--whoever is out there is the right guy and in the right place.

M.C. O'Connor said...

24-year old southpaw Conner Menez will replace Drew Pomeranz in the rotation and get the start tomorrow. He's sort of a wunderkind with 443 strikeouts in 398 innings and has moved up the A-AA-AAA ladder quickly. With Anderson and Beeded that's three rookies with Bum and Shark, which is very exciting. We've been wanting more youth and upside and here it is!