Game Two Quick Recap
Last night’s game was absolutely stellar and dramatic for all the right reasons. Tonight’s game wasn’t stellar…and it was dramatic for all the wrong reasons. Pat Burrell put the Giants on the board early with a three run shot in the bottom of the first, adding an outstanding .259 WPA right off the bat. Matt Cain pitched a very strong 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, two walks, six strikeouts and no earned runs and logged a very respectable .195 WPA. After Javier Lopez came in to retire Jason Heyward with a man on first and two down, Sergio Romo came in for setup duty in the eighth- and promptly gave up two hits. Brian Wilson came in to shut the door, but…things didn’t go exactly as planned.
The first run allowed on Pablo Sandoval’s misplay, and Alex Gonzalez capitalized on the Giants’ woes by smacking a one-out double. The Giants began to recover in the tenth, when Edgar Renteria and Freddy Sanchez were aboard with one out and Aubrey Huff drew a walk to load the bases- only for Buster Posey to ground into an inning-ending double play. Then Rick Ankiel- yes, that Rick Ankiel- hit a home run in the top of the eleventh.
The game, in graphical form:
We had it…and then lost it. Talk about a heart breaker.
Tomorrow’s game features Jonathan “Dirty” Sanchez and Tim Hudson. Expect the Giants to hit a lot of ground balls, and quite a few double plays.