Jun 13, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) throws the ball to first to record an out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
In golf they have a name for it—a mulligan. When we were kids we called them as we saw them—they were just plain old do-overs.
In baseball, it’s called tomorrow. Because tomorrow represents the do-over. The mulligan.
Saturday’s game represented tomorrow. We lost Friday’s game to the Snakes; a one–run ball game that had our ace visibly frustrated, our closer talking to himself, and our skipper using words we’re not supposed to repeat in polite company. But Saturday we got a do–over. Saturday was mulligan day at AT&T Park. Turns out we’re gonna need a bigger mulligan.
Ryan Vogelsong was on the mound for the Giants. I thought it was a good sign: the pitcher who was the architect of his own career do-over would give the Giants their best chance for a win. That’s what I thought. Apparently that’s not how it works. Vogelsong pitched 3.2 innings, gave up four runs on six hits and five walks. He struck out one.
Vogelsong quickly retired the first two hitters he faced, and then the wheels came flying off the bus. The Snakes big bat, their 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt, sent a sharply hit ground ball to center field. By the time Vogelsong got the third out, the Diamondbacks scored three runs on two hits, four walks and a stolen base. Arizona scored again in the fourth–The lead-off hitter drew a walk and Goldschmidt plated him with another sharply hit ground ball.
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Bochy decided he’d seen enough and called for Yusmeiro Petit. Petit combined with the rest of the bullpen to put a stop to Arizona’s offense.
The Diamondbacks pitcher carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Nori Aoki led off with a walk, Joe Panik shut down the no-hitter by hitting a double, advancing Aoki to third. Angel Pagan plated Aoki with a sac fly, putting the Giants on the board and avoiding the shutout. Buster Posey hit a line drive to left field, Panik scored, and the Giants narrowed the lead to two runs. Casey McGehee got a knock in the 8th and Brandon Belt hit a double in the 9th, but that’s as far as the Giants went.
The final score was: Giants 2, Diamondbacks 4
Another mulligan? Sure, make it a double.