Going into this series, on the losing streak we were riding, against a division leader and last season World Series contender, I was praying to at least win won game. So the fact that we won the series should be making me happy, and it is for the most part, but man that last game was a heart breaker!
We beat them with Sánchez and Wellemeyer starting, but not Lincecum? Oh the…well not irony, but… heart break! Said it twice.
Don’t know who to blame really. Want to blame someone, but who?
I was following the game on MLB.com’s cool “Game Day” digital thing while following posts on Twitter. Man were they hating Bochy! Everyone was blaming Bochy for taking Lincecum out in the 9th. We were winning at that point. Timmy had only given up three hits and two runs in 9 innings, we were ahead! How dare Bochy take the freak out and replace him with Wilson! They got two hits off him and that’s how they took over the game and we lost.
Well yeah, I guess you could argue that, but I think Lincecum was tired. He got lucky with Dobbs and he walked Victorino. Utley and Howard were coming up. I could see why Bochy would want a fresh arm to finish off the game.
Of course, it kind of reminded me of the last Dodgers game where Bochy replaced Zito, who seemed to be doing just fine, with Romo because Ramirez was coming up, and then Ramirez ending up hitting the game winning home run. So…maybe Bochy should put more faith in his starters?
But hell, he gave Tim eight innings. That’s a lot. And Wilson had given up zero runs in his last seven games, so it’s not like Bochy picked a sucky replacement. Just an unlucky one. I hear Werth is good, so y’know…he’s bound to hit regardless of how good a pitcher he faces.
We had the game, we only need two outs, the Phillies just rallied or got lucky and fought us off. It could have happened to Lincecum too, and then everyone would be bitching that Bochy should have replaced Lincecum in the last inning with someone fresh.
It’s just one of those things. I can’t find myself blaming anyone in particular.
Then the game went to what seemed like the longest set of extra innings every. We tied in the 10th, and got eeked out by one in the eleventh. Bummer.
The other Twitter bitch fest was geared towards Euginio Velez. I guess he should have caught that ball. Didn’t seem that easy to me though. I mean, he hit the wall for crying out loud. Maybe Romo should have been able to strike out Valdez in the first place, seeing as the guy’s only had two hits in his last six games.
And here’s another thing, summed up quite nicely by my favorite Twitter quote of the evening:
“Only the Giants could get 17 hits and not win a game on extra innings.” – @artsyfartsyalex
Totally! How come it takes us 2.83 hits to get a run and the other team 1.14? What’s better? Shooting 200 arrows at a target and getting three bullseyes or shooting four arrows at a target and getting three bulleyes? The latter of course, duh!
People say our team can’t hit. Oh we can hit. We just can’t score!
But there’s more blaming again. Really we had the game in the 9th, and the Phillies just took it from us. Good on ya Phillies. We take your first place standing, you take ours.
Let’s move on…to the Rockies!