Mar 31, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants batter Buster Posey rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day baseball game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It was a tale of two games as the starting pitchers left and the offense took over.
With Madison Bumgarner on the hill and a new outlook on life – and new sluggers in the lineup – Giants’ fans across the globe were looking for a positive result.
Bumgarner went 4 innings and officially gave up zero earned runs, 6 hits, 2 walks and struck out three.
But, he wasn’t sharp – at least not how you would expect.
San Francisco went down in order in the first inning at the plate. Bumgarner struck out the first batter he faced, walked Aaron Hill, got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out and ended the inning with a routine groundball to Joaquin Arias.
The game sputtered, until it didn’t.
After an opposite field Brandon Crawford line drive single proved to be the first hit of 2014, Angel Pagan knocked him in with a pull single to right field in the third.
San Francisco took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 4th inning.
Four, fourth inning runs later — and two errors later — combined with timely Arizona hitting put the Diamondbacks up 4-1.
Two more in the fifth put Arizona up 6-2.
A trade of runs in the sixth made the score 7-3, Dbacks.
Then the seventh happened.
Four Giants’ runs in the inning, culminated by a Hunter Pence walk to load the bases with two outs tied the score at 7.
The frame ended on a strikeout – throw out double play from Jean Machi to Buster Posey — yes, exactly how you envisioned opening day.
Giants fans were worried about an opening day loss, myself included..
Buster Poesy stepped to the plate in the 8th.
He hit it High. He hit it deep. San Francisco took a 9-7 lead after the long home run to left off of the Arizona scoreboard.
‘It was reminiscant of our 2012 MVP. Cincinatti fans everywhere were ducking for cover.
Sergio Romo closed it out in the 9th — albeit not smoothly — and the Giants opened 2014 with a win.