The San Francisco Giants, behind Madison Bumgarner, were simply unable to get anything going last night. Hence, the Washington Nationals capitalized on the only Giants mistake of the night, and hence, were able to run out winners, by four-runs-to-one.
Until the error from Bumgarner, both pitchers were dealing in what was a mouth-watering pitchers duel between Mad-Bum and Doug Fister of the Nats.
The game was ticking along nicely, to a nothing-to-nothing pace, until the aforementioned error. Mad-Bum, with runners on first and second after a single and a walk, was facing Wilson Ramos. The rest? Watch the video. It is too painful to write.
The inning wasn’t all bad, though. The Panda made a ridiculous play.
The Giants’ latest enemy, Bryce Harper was at it again in the eighth, yesterday. Having already launched a mammoth blast into the third tier against Hunter Strickland in game one, he added another with a drive over the right field wall, yielded by Jean Machi – who struggled through his outing. The young left fielder, Harper, had a stellar game with his glove too.
The Giants rallied in the ninth. It started with a Pablo Sandoval single.
Hunter Pence then walked, and things became interesting. However, the lacklustre offense stumbled. Brandon Belt struck out looking, and Brandon Crawford could only add a sac-fly, to plate the Giants’ only run.
With the last out, Travis Ishikawa grounded out, and that was the ballgame, sadly. So — in turn, Ryan Vogelsong will take to the hill tonight, and once more look to book the Giants’ passage into the NLCS.