I talk Giants with a co-worker fairly regularly, especially lately of course. Passing my desk on his way out the door yesterday, we speculated on how this Braves series is going to go, and I made a prediction that it’s going to go all five games and every game is going to be a 1-0 victory.
So far so “good.”
To paraphrase Wayne Campbell, “Giants Baseball…Torture!” is not just a clever slogan. How many games this season have been a 1-0 victory? That’s not rhetorical, let’s count…one…two..three…okay only three. Really? Seems like more. There’s also been three 0-1 games, so maybe I’m lumping them all together.
Anyway, hard to complain about a win, but I’ll give it a shot. It’s hard to “suffer” through a 1-0 game, there’s always nail biting, fidgeting and lots of pacing accompanying each pitch to the opposing team, knowing that all it takes is one good hit to tie up the game or flip the lead around. It’s hard to watch players stranded on base or an awesome triple by Buster Posey being reduced to a waste. It’s hard to watch a pitcher having to carry a game without run support.
But then that’s drama, which is why we’re watching, eh?
As we all knew he would, Derek Lowe pitched a ridiculous game, pitching 5 innings and allowing only 4 hits and 1 run. On any other day that’d be enough, but he was facing The Franchise yesterday at his very best. Tim Lincecum pitched a complete game, his fourth for the season, shutting out the Braves and allowing only two hits with 14 strike-outs, which is apparently a Giants post-season record and third best record in MLB history (don’t quote me on that last part). I love it when Lincecum has a good day at the office.
I also speculated to my co-worker yesterday that I thought whomever made the first error was going to be the team that lost, which again turned out to be true. But I can’t decide if the Braves made the first mistake, or the umpire Paul Emmel.
Posey steals second in the 4th (his first stolen base…awww) and the umpire calls him safe. ERROR maybe because it’s possible he was out I couldn’t really tell last night, even with the umpteen instant replays, as they never seemed to show the foot and the tag on camera at the same time for some reason. But this photo that’s been floating around the web doesn’t scream “safe” to me:
On the other hand, I think the photo is an optical illusion, (so why did I even post it?) because Conrad didn’t tag Posey’s arm, but instead brought his hand all the way down to Posey’s waist. So I’m still not sure if he was safe or not. Judge for yourself
So now Posey’s on second and Lowe strikes out Burrell and Uribe. Up comes Sandoval and they decide to walk him. ERROR because next up is Cody Ross who singles to left field and drives in an RBI Posey, which ends up being the only run of the game. Maybe the Braves should have pitched to Sandoval, who probably would have struck out swinging over his head, per usual. I guess the panda hats are scarier than they look.
While I wish the winning run, the only run, wasn’t tainted I’m glad the Giants came out on top and Game 1 is behind us. Lincecum was better than anyone could hope for and August seems like years ago. Now bring on Game 2: Cain vs Tommy Hanson. How’s ol’ Tommy look?