Sunday, October 5, 2014
Wow, that was exhausting!
I never thought sitting on my couch for most of a 6+ hour stretch could take so much out of me. I am certain it is the longest game I have ever watched and fortunately there was a positive payoff for this Giants fan.
After a fairly disappointing season, Brandon Belt came through in the top of the 18th with a no doubt about it shot into deep right field. It didn't go as far as Bryce Harper's from game 1 but it sure meant a lot more.
I felt there were two other key elements to the Giants win. I loved putting in Yusmeiro Petit for a long relief stretch, as our spot started he is used to putting in some innings. He pitched great and kept the Giants in the game for 6 innings when every pitch he threw could have been the last pitch of the game. An amazing pressure packed performance.
I was surprised the announcers never once questioned Matt Williams pulling of Jordan Zimmerman with 2 outs in the 9th. He has just given up his first walk but had only thrown 100 pitches. Zimmerman was dominating up to that point and I am virtually certain he would have closed out the game. The only plausible explanation is that Matty has a special spot in his heart for the Giants.
As Giants fans know, a 2-0 lead and heading home is not a certainty (remember the Reds series 2 years ago). I am hoping the Giants keep their focus and finish this thing off in the next game or two.