This season the San Francisco Giants have been first to 40-, 50-, 60- and now 70-wins in all of baseball. Tonight’s win was a breakthrough win, on the road against the NL Central Division-leading Brewers, an excellent defensive team who beat us 2-1 in the opener with dominant pitching.
The 70th win of the year was a win filled with adversity overcome that defines who this team is. On a night when Mike Yastrzemski went 0-6, Alex Dickerson 0-3 and Wilmer Flores 0-2, the veterans, and new additions Kris Bryant, Tommy LaStella and Lamonte Wade, Jr., persevered.
The Giants were down 2-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth, but tied it and held the bottom of the ninth. They went up by three in the tenth but allowed the Brewers to tie it in the bottom half. The G-men then went up by four in the 11th – as if to say, “sit down, already!” to the Brewers in this epic road win.
Brandon Belt, back from injury, blasted a home run in the opener on Friday, to tie it 1-1, and provide all the Giants’ scoring against an excellent national league pitching staff that beat us in extras. He did it again tonight. A homer to tie it 1-1. This time, however, in the 4th, Lorenzo Cain hit a sac fly, Tyrone Taylor scored, and the Brew Crew took a 2-1 lead into the ninth.
But the Giants looked like the 2012 team tonight (who remembers Panik and Belt in DC, with Yusmeiro Petit pitching an entire game after that hahahaaa)?
with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Tommy LaStella tripled in Kris Bryant, the tying run. Tyler Rogers shut down the bottom of the ninth in a tied ball game for a second night in a row. 2-2.
The Man, LaMonte Wade, Jr., led off and moved the Manfred Man (Thairo Estrada) to third in the tenth. Since he had homered on consecutive nights, the Brewers intentionally walked Belt to load the bases.
Then Posey, the consummate pro, singled and drove in Estrada and Wade, Jr. (two more RBIs for Buster) and moved Belt to third. Brandon Crawford hit a sac fly deep enough to drive his fellow Brandon in. What a pretty tenth.
Giants up 5-2.
Unfortunately, under pressure, Jarlin Garcia allowed the Brewers to tie it, at home, in front of a rocking crowd. So we went to the 11th. The Brewers are good. Homers by Luis Urias and Willy Adames tied the game.
The 11th started with The Man knocking in the Manfred Man.
Austin Slater was the free baserunner placed on second (what we call the Manfred Man) and LaMonte Wade, Jr. (whom we call The Man) drove in Slater with a single. Then Belt came up, who had homered last night and tonight and whom they had walked to face Posey in the 10th … and he homered again! Belt’s second homer, third in two nights since his return from the IL, drove in The Man, Giants 8, Brewers 5.
Then Posey singled again and Kris Bryant doubled to knock him in. Jake McGee – whom Andrew Wagner of MLB points out was supposed to have the night off – got the save. Giants 9, Brewers 5. F/11
First to 70 wins!
Let’s get the rubber match tomorrow, baby!
Let’s Go Giants! Beat the Brew Crew!
let’s be first to 71.