SF Giants: Midnight Baseball No Problem, Giants Beat Dodgers After Long Delay
By Chris Estrada
This game went from good to bad to great to terrible and so on and so on. After a very long rain delay, ( two hours and 52 minutes) the SF Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers for whatever reason resumed a game that was only five pitches into it.
This game went well into Tuesday morning and if you were asleep then you make a good choice. If you stayed up like myself to watch this whole thing then you are crazy my friend. If it can get the SF Giants a win, let’s have all the games start at 11:00 pm every night.
This game took a wild turn very early on. The grounds crew was put to the test. This game first started at 7:57pm a good 42 minute delay of first pitch due to rain. Yes you read that right, there was rain in San Francisco. Funny thing was mother nature couldn’t make up her mind if she wanted it to rain or not.
Chris Stratton started this game for the San Francisco Giants and was on pace to throw a never before seen 27 strikeout perfect game performance. However, after striking out Curtis Granderson to start the game, the rain returned.
As soon as the tarp was put on the field once again the rain stopped. Then as the tarp would come off the rain would return. The grounds crew and umpires were in a little pickle on what exactly to do.
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As heavier rain came they decided to just tarp up the field and wait out the rain. It rarely rains here in California and it never rains here in San Francisco during baseball season. The tarp is practically a decoration sitting there down the left field line all season.
As it started getting deeper into the night i was confused as to why this game just didn’t get postponed. Options could have been a double-header Tuesday or even Wednesday. Or play the make up game on Thursday both teams have an off day.
The Giants were in talks with Major League Baseball discussing these options and they ultimately decided to resume play at 10:50 pm. Because of the long delay Stratton and his five pitches could no longer be used so Ty Blach took the mound and it was time to play ball.
At this point in the night I expected there to be chaos in this game and then when it really happened I couldn’t believe it. Ty Blach came in to this game with a1.50 ERA against the Dodgers. He looked good early on getting the next two outs to end the inning. The Giants faced Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda and they jumped to a quick 2-0 lead after Denard Span hit his 12th home run of the year into McCovey Cove.
Tonight was Span’s first time batting 3rd in the lineup in six years. The party didn’t stop there Jarrett Parker hit a solo home run (4) to make it 3-0 Giants. In the third, Hunter Pence hit a deep fly ball to right field that Yasiel Puig just missed allowing Pence to end up at third with a triple. Joe Panik would then ground out and give the Giants a nice 4-0 lead.
The Dodgers got back in this game in the fourth inning attacking Blach and before he new it Kyle Crick was replacing him and it became a 4-4 game.
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Crick stayed in the game for the sixth and left a hanging curve ball to Yasiel Puig who unloaded on it high into the left field bleachers giving the dodgers their first lead of the night 5-4. The Giants came right back in the bottom half of the inning getting RBI hits from Denard Span and Buster Posey giving the Giants the lead right back.
The Dodgers in the sixth tied it back up at 6 when Justin Turner hit a ball into the left-center field gap that scored Corey Seager. Once again these two teams playing some cat and mouse once one scores the other comes back and scores.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning the Giants retook the lead and this time the lead was here to stay. Hunter Pence knocked in the go-ahead run with a single. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Buster Posey hit an RBI double scoring Span to give the Giants some insurance and an 8-6 lead.
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Sam Dyson had a quick inning in the ninth getting his 13th save as a Giant. This game had an original start time of 7:15 which was later delayed until 7:57 and then after a few minutes of playing it was later delayed until 10:50. This game was completed well into Tuesday morning at 2:11 am. The Giants beat the Dodgers 8-6 and handed them their 11th loss in a row.
Later today will be a couple of aces going at it with Johnny Cueto vs. Clayton Kershaw. Hopefully this one will get started on time.