Looks like our part-time catcher graduated to the big-time with more time. In fact, I’d say time is on Andrew Susac’s side. His play behind the dish in Saturday’s game was high-level, and his bat played a pivotal role in winning the day. I’ve jokingly called him “Little Posey” and “Baby Buster,” but Susac’s performance of late has been big—it’s no wonder skipper Bruce Bochy has vowed to get the kid more playing time.
The Rockies pulled out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Tim Lincecum was pitching, and he’s known for his first-inning struggles, so I wasn’t too worried. But before he could get out of the second, he was hit in the arm by a nasty comebacker and had to leave the game with a right forearm contusion.
The new thing with the Giants lately seems to be runs in bunches. In Saturday’s game they scored three in the third, one in the fifth and three in the seventh. According to Kruk and Kuip, hitting is contagious. If that’s the case, let’s hope there’s no cure.
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In the third, Matt Duffy drove Yusmeiro Petit home while reaching on a fielder’s choice, and Buster Posey added two more to his RBI count–50 total on the year–when he plated Angel Pagan and Duffy, tying the game. The Rockies pulled ahead again in the fourth when they scored twice.
The one-run inning came in the fifth when Duffy launched a solo homer with two outs. As you probably already know, Duffy and Joe Panik have a home run contest on the side, so when the Duffman returned to the dugout after running out his roundtripper, he pointed to Panik as if to say “Your turn.” Competition is a good thing.
Duffy, Posey and Susac–the three, four and five hitters in the lineup—were responsible for all seven runs scored by the Giants. Susac hit a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double in the seventh that had Kuip exclaim: “Panik scores, Duffy scores, here comes Buster Posey…THEY ALL SCORE! and Susac comes through, and the Giants take the lead.”
Panik scores, Duffy scores, here comes Buster Posey…THEY ALL SCORE! and Susac comes through, and the Giants take the lead.
That gave me goosebumps.
Petit pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. George Kontos pitched the seventh to notch the win. Sergio Romo pitched the eighth and Santiago Casilla closed it out. The final score was:
Giants 7, Rockies 5
“And the Giants take game two in this three game series, and they do it in comeback fashion.” –Duane Kuiper.
Music to my ears. I swear, if they set those words to a catchy tune, it would be number one with a bullet.