Jul 1, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Abracadabra, it was magic alright. One pitch of the ball and the Giants two run lead disappeared. The Marlins pulled three big fish right out of the hat. Nobody saw it coming.
That was painful. More than painful, it was heartbreaking.
Beyond the heartbreaking, there was the heart-stopping: Buster Posey took a foul ball on the chin in the second inning. He continued to play for a couple of innings; even took his turn at the plate in the fourth and hit a single.
Buster left the game in the fifth, and according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that Buster felt “off” and didn’t want to chance getting hit again right after.
Buster underwent concussion testing and the result was negative. Schulman tweeted: “Buster says he feels good and thinks he could play based on how he feels now. First shot all year that bad.”
Buster will be re-evaluated tomorrow. We’ll know more then.
The Giants scored five runs against the Marlins in today’s game, mostly on errors and a big fly. Or, as I like to say “boo boos” and a “boom boom.”
The Giants first run came in the fourth when the Marlins’ first baseman’s missed catch error allowed Justin Maxwell to score. Karma is an ugly three-headed beast, though, because that first baseman? He’s the one that waved a magic wand and pulled three fish out of the hat.
Brandon Belt scored on Gregor Blanco’s base hit in the fourth. In the sixth, Belt plated Matt Duffy with a sac fly to tie the game and Brandon Crawford blasted a solo shot to take the lead.
Angel Pagan hit a single in the seventh, and two errors got him home. He took second on the pitcher’s throwing error on the pick-off attempt, and scored on another pitcher’s throwing error when he attempted to throw Duffy out at first. Pagan was on top of every chance to take a base.
Chris Heston had a good outing. He was playing before the hometown crowd, and although he had a little hiccup–aka the third inning–he recovered quickly and never let the game to get too far away from the Giants. He pitched six innings and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out one.
The Giants defense was really amazing–turning five double plays to make sure the Giants kept their two run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Casilla entered the game to give Heston the win and pick up another save. That was the plan.
But that’s when the Marlins waved their magic wand and pulled three fish out of the hat. Their first baseman hit a three run walk off home run. That was all they needed. The final score was: Giants 5, Marlins 6
One of the perks of watching Kruk and Kuip is the chance to soak up all their baseball knowledge: baseball rules, trivia, history and lingo. Today’s broadcast was no exception. The lesson today: the explanation of the “Elvis out”–it’s when a pitcher gets a quick out: “one pitch and thank you very much.” But you gotta say it exactly the way Elvis did. Don’t forget to curl your lip.