It was a good game for the Giants as a team. They faced unwarranted adversity and patiently bade their time to come back and get the win.
After a scoreless first, the G-men scored on a Darin Ruf homer in the top of the second and the Giants led 1 – 0. But the bottom of the 2nd saw the emotional unravelling of Tyler Anderson. It all fell apart after an HBP. Anderson went inside to Kyle Seager, who not only didn’t try to get out of the way but rather seemed to lean his thigh into it. Worse, both he and the Mariner dugout started squawking to give Anderson a warning.
Anderson, who had been cruising along, was clearly bothered by the jawing and fell apart the rest of the inning, giving up a stolen base to Seager, and three straight singles to Lopes, Ervin and Crawford. He struck out Moore to end the inning but was clearly bothered.
After issuing a lead off walk in the 3rd, Anderson completely fell apart. He talked back to the ump and was tossed to put the Giants in a 1 – 4 hole scrambling for a pitcher in the 3rd. But the bullpen was cool. The Mariners would never score again.
As emotional as Anderson was, the Giants meanwhile, unable to produce runs in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th, didn’t seem bothered. Luis Basabe, making his major-league debut, singled in the 6th for his first hit, Flores singled to left, and Dickerson walked to load the bases for Longoria, who ripped a liner to left, scoring Basabe’s first ever major league run. B-Craw drove a sac fly deep to center to allow Flores to come home, Giants were now within a run, 3 – 4.
In the 7th, the Giants scored three runs on three hits. They took the lead they would never relinquish on a Wilmer Flores triple that scored Dubon and Basabe. A Dickerson single drove in Flores to make the final score a 6 – 4 Giants win!
The Giants cross the Bay for a three game series with the A’s at the Coliseum. We lost all three games at home against the A’s back in August when we were a team riddled with error-prone youth and a terrible bullpen.
In game one they took us to extras in the 9th and beat us in the 10th, when our bullpen collapsed and Kapler had no idea how to manage the new extra innings rules. The A’s beat us 7 – 6 in the 9th in game two and they rolled over Logan Webb and our staff in game three, 15 – 3. Webb is on the mound tonight. Cueto and Gausman will go over the weekend.
It’s a whole new ball game now, but the A’s are a team in legitimate pursuit of the American League pennant and will be tough to beat. Add to it their normal obnoxious animosity and need to beat us as neighbors and it could be a long weekend.
Night game this evening. Day games tomorrow and Sunday.
Let’s Go Giants!
Beat the A’s
Cross the bay and win!