It’s June of 2018 and the San Francisco Giants are in a heated rivalry with none other than…the Marlins?
After dropping three of four in Miami and throwing away a win last night, the San Francisco Giants couldn’t beat the Marlins, and it was flat out annoying. After Evan Longoria was hit on the hand resulting in surgery, the Giants retaliated Tuesday night after Lewis Brinson showed up Hunter Strickland the night before. It resulted in tempers flaring and players getting ejected, and now all of the sudden we have a heated rivalry between the Marlins and the Giants
The Giants bats have done enough in almost every game against the Marlins and that was the case again tonight. Buster Posey started off the game with a solo homer, followed by a Gorkys Hernandez two run homer in the third.
Top of the second, Lewis Brinson was hit by a pitch from Derek Rodriquez that was so obviously intentional that Don Mattingly threw a fit after warnings were issued. With tensions already riding high and the Giants losing not one, but two players to Marlins related injuries (self inflicted or not), Buster Posey was drilled on the hand in a retaliation from the Marlins side after Brinson got hit.
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Once Posey was hit, Dan Straily was immediately ejected and Bruce Bochy was furious. He came out in a huff as fast as Bruce Bochy can as yet another one of his key players was hurt. With Longoria breaking his hand and Strickland losing in a fight to a piece of wood, the sky might actually be falling. Right up against the salary cap, Giants are lucky their hospital visits dont count, because they’d be in trouble.
Posey looked to be fine and there does not seem to be any concern, but yet another “oh here we go again” moment. Tonight might actually be a turning point for the Giants as this is one of the very first nights in a few days that a game does not result in a “out six to eight weeks” headline. Unfortunately for baseball fans everywhere, this gritty, fiery, blood bath of a rivalry will not continue this season after Wednesdays game. Soak it in while it lasts, because after this series nothing will compare to the deeply-rooted rivalry between the Giants and the Fishes.
Giants bats get the job done and the bullpen does not implode this time. Dereck Rodriquez gets the win, the fish get smacked around, so does Buster Posey, people get in trouble, but the Giants managed to hang on and win 6-3. Tune in tomorrow for more drama?