Boy, what a wild night. If you weren’t wearing your man diapers, you might not have escaped that one totally dry.
You knew it wasn’t going to be easy once the Cubs put a two spot on the board in the first inning. And just as it seemed the Giants would finally scratch and claw their way back into the game and tied it up, the Cubs would come up with one more big hit/play to smash your baseball loving heart. But the Giants never gave up. They never gave in. There were so many chances last night where the Giants could have given up and they didn’t. It says a ton about this roster as a collective unit.
Madison Bumgarner pitched pretty well after a rough first inning in which he gave up a couple runs. He let a squeaker get into the 5.5 hole in the 6th and was charged with his third earned run, but I thought he pitched better than his line indicated. It was another quality start from the young southpaw. And speaking of quality, how bout the Giants bullpen? 5 and 1/3 innings of shutout, high stress baseball. They were phenomenal. More importantly was the play of the “new” guys, Ray, Lopez, and Ramirez. All three pitched their guts out in the 10th and 11th and helped the Giants get the much needed and crucial victory. The win helped the Giants pick up a half game on the idle Padres and they now sit 1 1/2 out of first place which seems a lot more refreshing than 2 1/2 as it could have been.
Gutty win by the orange and black.