If you can’t come through with runners in scoring position, you’re not going to win. The San Francisco Giants were 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position tonight. They left 18 men on base.
Unfortunately in extra innings, a defensive mistake is much more likely to happen than an offensive HR walk-off. And that’s what happened with a late error in the 16th inning by Brandon Crawford who coincidentally saved the game in the 11th inning with the amazing gold glove all-star catch in the gif below. (Click photo to view gif)
This was the longest Giants game this 2013 season at 5 hours and 26 minutes.
Tim Lincecum was the shining star of the Giants tonight. Before tonight, Lincecum was 5-1 lifetime versus the Mets with a 2.59 ERA. Tonight he had a career-high 11 strikeouts allowing only one walk. This was also the 33rd time in his career he’s had 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Lincecum holds the San Francisco Giants franchise record for most strikeouts in a game. Congrats to Tim, that’s something to be damn proud of. He pitched a fantastic game tonight and deserved a win. (Click photo to view gif)
The spontaneous combustion that was the 6th inning was a team effort. Sandoval, Scutaro, Torres, Blanco. Sorry guys, I have to call it like I see it. There was a bad strike 3 call in the bottom of the 6th that retired Belt. We can’t catch a break these days.
On the bright side, Buster Posey was 5-5 and just needed a triple to complete the cycle. This was Posey’s first career five hit game.
The Giants were given chance after chance and inning after inning. The bullpen was excellent and gave us nine solid innings of relief pitching. But yet again, the offense, with the exception of Buster Posey, didn’t come through. 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position? 18 men left on base?
I don’t know what the Giants need to do to get back on track. Is there any chance we can just find a way to clone Posey since he can play all 9 positions?