What difference does some innings make.
I began this recap when San Diego Padres led the San Francisco Giants to a 6-3 eighth inning. This was my opening sentence:
The game was silly in many ways, because once the San Diego Padres took a four-run lead, it seemed like a perfect feat that the San Francisco Giants would lose.
And now, after two innings, I can think of how fun and invincible this huge squad is.
Okay, so maybe I’m overreacting (I’m overreacting, of course). Hyperbole aside, it was a sensational, beautiful, highly memorable game, the likes of which we will remember for the duration of the season, which are once too long and too short.
So how did we get there, “there” being a place where I am inspired to express my love for Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano in the headline. Well let’s actually skip that part, because it’s not as funny. Just know that Padres once again hit home with a loud slap, making you think “Damn it, wish the jackal would have done it.”
In fairness did. There were solo shots by Yostrismki in the third inning and Alex Dickerson in the sixth, and thus the team doubled their home run production on the year.
But because the rest of the offense was mostly worthless, those two home runs were worth only a combined two runs, even though the Padres got their five runs.
So fast forward to the eighth inning. The Giants trailed 6-3. A Dekerson kicks out for a walk, which gives the Giants one, but two out. Brandon Crawford finds the right field grass for a single, and your pessimistic mind thinks, “Great, of course they’re going to bring the tying run to the plate, just to toy with me when we all know that They will fail. ”
It knows that they will fail the part that changes things. Once you think that you know what happens, it is true. That’s why they get you.
And by “they” I mean “Donovan Solano.”
I squid. I have no shame in accepting it.
In the ninth place we go, and Tyler Rogers pitched his best innings, giving Tommy Pham a bounce in the double game.
And so as we move towards the bottom of the ninth, the Giants have only one path to victory: a walk-off.
Yastrzemski shut things down, and told me all this in advance by saying that Yastrzemski entered the game as the best giant this young season. And when he came in ninth, he was already 2-4 with a home run.
And on the sixth pitch of the bat, with a fastball high and a left-handed pitcher, Yastrzemski launched exactly.
One of the most intriguing stories of the year was whether Yastremski could sustain the stellar game he had brought for the Giants a year earlier. Even in this era, players are not suddenly out in their late 20s and are durable.
We’re only in six games, but he’s picked up where he left off, and then some. He is the only giant to start each game, and is hitting .409 / .500 / .773.
He can hit.
If you are watching NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast, you may have seen a new sponsored segment. This happens every year, as companies want to try to pay broadcast stations and pretend that a consumer product is basically a niche baseball game.
You know thus: “This dubbed double play-single single play is brought to you by Diet Twizzler, which is the perfect snack to almost double play,” and “Now flying out of our warning track game Time to fill in, used Fiat dealer in Cupertino presented by. ”Such a thing.
The 2020 Taste of the Year is the Roman split screen, where a play is shown from multiple angles at the same time, with a huge Roman logo. Roman is a men’s health brand, which he says is a Viagra seller who throws in some hair growth products to see the part.
Anyway, Roman was a man of home replays run by split screen Dickerson, who chants a phallic chant in the dugout every time he hits a home run.
In fairness, he got some wood on that ball. In fact it was hung on the wall of the center area, which is a difficult place to drive home.
Tyler Anderson picked up two runners in an innings, which is not something I can ever remember.
Not only did he pick up two runners, but the second one – Fernando Tatis Jr. – was picked up almost a throw before, prompting broadcasters to say “Anderson took him with a better throw.”
And then he made a better throw.
If you are a Padres fan, you probably think that they both had hair, blah blah blah, that someone cares about.
They were definitely bald, just … tell it to someone who cares.