Brandon Crawford, who had never played anything above Double A ball before last night, had his first Major League hit last night. It also happened to be a Grand Slam Homerun when the Giants were down 3-1 in the 7th. To give you an idea of how rare that was, the only other Giant to hit a slam in their first MLB game and first hit was Bobby Bonds in 1968. Brian Dallimore did it on his first hit in 2004, but it was his second game as a Giant. A few other Giant players first homerun was a Grand Slam and among those on that short list is Eli Whiteside (remember, Houston, 2009?). We’ll talk about Whiteside and his badassery later though. The Giants won the game 5-4 in the end.
This may have just been a regular ol’ win last night, but rest assured, it was a great win for the Giants. The Giants needed it. After getting swept by Florida on the heels of Buster’s injury, the Giants needed a reason to see some light at the end of the tunnel. The fans needed that too. Last night’s game was led by Tim Lincecum, who pitched average for him, though we know his average is still better than most pitchers. The team needed a leader and he stepped up to the plate…literally. His hit was the first hit for the Giants in the game.
One other important thing that happened last night is that Eli Whiteside showed how much of a hoss he is and Prince Fielder showed how much of a scumbag he is. In the bottom of the 8th the Brewers started a rally and allowed one run to score. Fielder, attempting to tie the game and test Cody Ross’ arm decided to try for home as well. Cody made the perfect throw to Whiteside with plenty of time, but Fielder wasn’t backing down. It was clear he did not intend to slide, but to plow over Eli Whiteside. So Whiteside leaned in to tag Fielder. He tagged him hard too. Per Baggs, this is what Whiteside had to say about it:
"“He’s coming at you,” Whiteside said, in his drawl. “There’s no rule in the book that says you can’t take it to him.”"
Take it to him indeed. Ballsy move because Prince Fielder has been known to do some damage. Nevermind the way Whiteside tossed the ball on the plate over Fielder after he tagged him out. Attitude indeed.