Jul 8, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence (8) scores second baseman Joe Panik (12) (not pictured) in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game with the New York Mets at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
It was fun while it lasted. Tuesday night Hunter Pence rode in on his trusty steed (read: scooter) and got the Giants engine “rev”ved up, but Wednesday was another good news/bad news game.
The good news? We didn’t get shut out. The bad news? We lost.
I’ll tell you what, though: If a couple more guys had played like Pence on Wednesday, I’d be singing a different tune. Buster Posey wasn’t in the lineup and his absence was considerable.
The problem, simply put: The Giants were out-pitched and out-gunned. The Mets trotted out their All-Star pitcher, Jacob deGrom, and his performance Wednesday made it pretty clear that he is All-Star worthy.
You know who was also impressive? Jake Peavy. He did a great job, giving up just two runs in seven quality innings and striking out five. He gave a great effort and kept the game close enough for the Giants to get back in it. Rookie Josh Osich also pitched a perfect eighth inning.
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The Giants had their work cut out for them in the ninth after Jean Machi gave up a two-spot in the top half of the inning. Joe Panik led off the inning with a line-drive single back to the pitcher and later came home on a base hit from Pence. Brandon Belt followed up with a single after a pitching change, but the Mets drew a line in the sand after that last-ditch effort.
The final score was: Giants 1, Mets 4
See? There’s the good news. At least the Giants didn’t get shut out.
Remember the Monty Python Classic Life of Brian? It’s a bit of a satire about a man born the same day as Jesus Christ—very irreverent. But the end of the movie shows three men hanging on crosses, and one prisoner says that in times like this he just reminds himself to sing “always look on the bright side of life.”
It’s a catchy tune. I’m whistling it to myself right now.