Giants Double Up Marlins; Giants 14, Marlins 7
By Melissa Felkins
Normally when I hear the Giants double up on an opponent, it’s usually followed by 2-1, or 4-2. However, tonight was 14-7. It was all about the offense and Ryan Vogelsong tonight. Ryan Vogelsong went 6.1 innings and was in the stretch all night and gave up 3 ER. Keep in mind that 2 of the earned runs came after the Giants had a 5-1 lead and then it didn’t matter. Who had good offensive games tonight, EVERYBODY. All players that came to the plate tonight got a hit and made it to at least first base tonight.
Who did the most damage? Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan. After Melky got a leadoff double in the top of the fourth, Pagan singled and Melky scored the first run of the game for the Giants. What happened after that was a complete meltdown of the Marlins pitchers. Anibal Sanchez owned the Giants was 3-0 with a sub one ERA. But in the top of the sixth inning Gregor Blanco tripled off of Sanchez and, then Melky Cabrera was robbed of an RBI as the Marlins tried to get Blanco out at home when he was pickled. However, the Marlins failed to get Blanco out as he made it back to third and Melky was safe at first. After a wild pitch advanced Cabrera to second, Buster Posey was walked. Then Angel Pagan delivered a double that scored two. Brandon Belt get a bloop single and Buster and Pagan scores. BUT the offence didn’t stop there.
Top of the seventh: Blanco singles, steals second base and advances to third base on a throwing error. Brandon Crawford took a walk to first base. With Melky Cabrera up to bat, he hit a double down the left field line which was far enough for Crawford to score from first base. After Buster Posey singled, Angel Pagan was able to beat out a double play ball to score Cabrera.
Top of the eighth: Emmanuel Burriss walks, Brett Pill singles and Gregor Blanco walks with one out. Brandon Crawford doubles to get Burriss and Pill home. Then Melky Cabrera doubles to get Blanco and Crawford home.
Top of the ninth: Nate Schierholtz singles, Joaquin Arias singles, Emmanuel Burriss hit into a double play but, an error on the play advances Schierholtz home and Arias to third. Brett Pill then grounds into a double play but, Arias scores.
Ryan Vogelsong was good tonight. He was in trouble virtually every inning except the sixth inning. The sixth inning was the only inning he went 1,2,3. However, he was able to pitch out of jams and allowed three runs in 6.1 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks.
What went wrong? The bullpen. After Vogelsong allowed two singles on one out in the seventh, Clay Hensley relieved Vogelsong. Hensley allowed one of Vogelsongs runners to score. After giving up another single, Jeremy Affeldt came in. Affeldt walked in the next of Vogelsong’s runners but, was able to retire the final batter of the inning.
Fast forward to the bottom of the eighth and Javier Lopez gives up 4 ER. Lopez gave up a walk, 3 singles and a double.
Steve Edlefsen came in for a 1,2,3 ninth inning. But it was unfortunate that the bullpen was not able to hold the runners on base in the seventh inning and that Lopez ERA is a bloated 4.22.
Overall, this was a great game for Giants fans. Mostly because we were promised low scoring from the media and radio announcers stating that the Marlins Park was not a hitters park and there were good pitchers. Sometimes it’s nice to have one of the these games.
Tomorrow it’s a matchup of the Aces*. Tim Lincecum will face Josh Johnson. *They are aces by name not by what they have done this year. Both have ERA’s over 4 but, are considered the Aces of their respective staffs.