Tonight's summary is presented by Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
I just heard a seagull cry, "Finish this $% * @ # @ thing!"
– Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 13, 2019
/ check the word count
Oh well. So I guess we'll have to dig a little deeper into this.
First of all, you probably went to bed long before the game was over, so this is what you need to know more:
At the bottom of the 18th inning, Brandon Belt came over to hit and everyone was thinking about 2014. And then he hit a ball that would have been a homer in ANY OTHER BALLPARK, but he only gave him a double. You've never heard a crowd so disappointed by a double before.
Brandon Crawford intentionally walked, like Gerardo Parra, to reach Erik Kratz. Mind you, Kratz had been in the squat position for 18 innings at this point and the Rockies defense reflected it, with five infielders and two shallow fielders on the left and right side. With the bases loaded, Kratz hit on the choice of a fielder, allowing Belt to beat the tag on the plate and score the winning run.
The only satisfactory ending possible for a ridiculous game that did not have to be like that.
It was the longest game the two franchises had played with each other. He finished tied for the longest game played at the baseball stadium.
"Take me to the ball game" was sung twice. And yet, they stopped serving beer in the seventh. They ran out of posters on the wall of the arcade and the human beings stood there of their own free will, pretending to be the letter "K".
It was the night of fireworks in Oracle Park, and there were exhausted parents as far as I could see the eye, imprisoned by sleepy but anxious children who came to see fireworks and did not leave without them.
And all that could have been avoided in the fourth inning if the referees had not decided to go without scruples.
In the fourth inning, Garrett Hampson hit a triple with one out. He divided the gardeners and came to the wall. The following was a rare emerging release from Nolan Arenado to Brandon Belt.
What followed should have been the end of the entry. Trevor Story hit what should have been a fly to Belt. He made an excellent catch when running, following the ball over his shoulder, which should have ended the inning. Instead, the referee called a balk in Drew Pomeranz.
As a fan of the Giants, I've seen some balks. But folks, this was not a balk. That is a hill where I will plant my flag and wait for the devil to find me. I'd like to insert a video, but you know how MLB feels about someone sharing any baseball content.
Here was Belt's work, in case you want to think with nostalgia about what could have been, in a world where we should all go to bed before 1:00 am.
Of course, you can not discuss a balk. You can not challenge him. The referee can only put his hand on the scale of the game and that's life. Hampson "scored" the first race of the game. But it did not end there, oh no. The history in the bat continued, and he alone, then stole the second place during the batting of Ian Desmond. And after what should have been a third hit (so that once he came through again to finish the inning) was called a ball, Desmond hit a double to score the story.
I call scams.
Sure, the Giants batted in double plays in the first two innings. And sure, the defense was less than stellar (after all, Arenado got two bases with two errors in one inning). And yes, there was a malfunction of the base. None of that was good, but that was not the problem. If we were looking at the game that it was, the Giants would have finished this game in the ninth inning if the ump had not decided to become cute.
- Excellent launch Pomeranz pitched five innings of two runs, striking out five. Then the bullpen endured thirteen entries without annotations. It's just that the Giants could not buy a hit to save their lives, until the magical 18th, that is.
Pablo Sandoval's double advantage, Steven Duggar's balancing roll that led Sandoval to third place, and Joe Panik's midfielder to tie the game in the sixth. The only other Giants that ran before that came in double play, because of course they did.
Tony Watson throwing through a jam loaded with bases as his middle name was Houdini.
- / Gestures vaguely in most of the 18 tickets of offense and the concept of time.
Oh yes, and today is a game of day. Nothing like the equivalent of three baseball games played in 24 hours, that's what I always say. Good night friends.