Jhoulys Chacin pitched well. Andrew Brown had a beautiful throw from the outfield to erase a potential Giants run at the plate. The Rockies wore out starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, forcing him to issue a carer high 5 walks. They were in position to get a hard-earned victory on the road, but in the end they did not make enough plays. They lost anyway.
Hunter Pence came through with a clutch hit. Santiago Casilla and his band of bullpen buddies put up donuts in tough relief appearances, allowing no hits over the final 3 innings. Brian Wilson wore a huge beard and yelled weird things from the dugout. Sergio Romo entered the game late, struck out Jason Giambi with a nasty pitch to end the game, and shouted and acted weird on the field. The Giants played a tight, nail-biting game. They won.
When it comes to this season, last night’s game was appropriate. The Rockies did what the Rockies do. The Giants did what the Giants do.
Tonight Tim Lincecum will face off against Jeff Francis. Like last night’s starting pitchers, they will take the mound with something to prove to themselves and to their respective teams. Lincecum looks to continue the gradual improvement he has shown of late and solidify his status as a star pitcher for his team as they prepare for the playoffs. Francis looks to show that he belongs in this rotation for the Rockies in the coming future, paired pitching piggyback nonsense or not. He is pitcher in transition on a pitching staff in transition.
I can guarantee three things about tonight’s game. It will be cold. There will be at least 10 shots of the Giants dugout celebrating, getting into the game and encouraging their teammates. It will be a low scoring game.
It’s San Francisco.