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The Giants didn’t do much for the first 6 innings against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw had the no-hitter going until Marco Scutaro tripled with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Pablo Sandoval failed to bring him across, Buster Posey doubled in Scutaro to even the score at 1. With the score still tied at 1 in the bottom of the ninth, Buster Posey connected for his first game winning home run (first ever game winning RBI of any kind) off Ronald Belisario who had not allowed a run in his previous four appearances over six innings.
The Giants took the first game of the three game series and won their fourth straight baseball game. They improve to 17-12 and move into a tie for first palce with the Colorado Rockies.
I plan on creating a tribute 1974 Topps card for a player each time the Giants win this season. The 1974 Topps is one of my favorites being it was the year I was born. I am also going to attempt (fingers crosses) at completing the base set from that year. Look for my introduction to that project on my blog tomorrow! Good night!
For the second time in three games, Brandon Belt went deep against the Arizona Diamondbacks. This time the home run gave the Giants the lead late in the game. In the top of the 8th inning, Belt came to the plate with runners on first (Gregor Blanco) and second (Hunter Pence) and the Giants losing 6-4. With an 0-2 count, and two outs, Belt came through big in the clutch, hitting his 3rd home run of the year and giving the Giants a 7-6 lead. The Giants would hold on for the 9-6 win and move to 16-12 on the season.
With the sweep of the series against the Diamondbacks complete the Giants moved into sole possession of second place, 1/2 game back of the Colorado Rockies (one full game if the Rockies hold out and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers). The Giants begin a 3-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) starting May 3rd.
Pitching from both the Giants and Diamondbacks dominated this game through the first seven and a half innings. Then the Diamondbacks struck first with a Josh Wilson home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Giants reliever Santiago Casilla. Trevor Cahill pitched a strong 8 innings and after allowing a single to Angel Pagan in the top of the ninth inning he was replaced by closer, J.J. Putz to try to secure the win. After Marco Scutaro struck out it was Pablo Sandoval’s turn to try to tie the game with Angel Pagan now on second. A single would do the trick but Sandoval decided a home run was better and took Putz over the wall in right center field for a 2-1 lead. Sergio Romo closed out the bottom of the ninth for his 10th save and the Giants moved to 15-12 on the season.
I had a weekend free for the first time in weeks and had so much I wanted to get done around the house and in the garage. Well it seems my body had other plans and was violently ill starting Friday night and it lasted until pretty much today as it was the first day I have been able to get around and do stuff. My San Francisco Giants had an equally bad weekend, getting swept by division rivals, San Diego Padres. We did sweep the Padres the weekend before so I guess they paid us back though!
So onto Arizona and the Diamondbacks to try to end a 5-game losing streak. Bruce Bochy made the decision to move First Baseman Brandon Belt down to 8th in the batting which was either a stroke of genius or just plain lucky, I prefer to think genius! All Belt did was go 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and a home run. The home run came in the second inning and gave the Giants an early 3-0 lead. Then in the top of the 8th with the score tied 4-4, he came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs. With the count at 3 balls and 1 strike, he singled to center field scoring two runs and putting the Giants ahead for good. The Giants won the game 6-4 and the losing streak was over!
In addition to writing about the cards I am collecting, acquiring, trading, finding (in my shed!) I though I would share my thoughts on how the Giants do throughout the season. This is more for me as I enjoy writing but if even one person reads it and enjoys it just a little (or at least doesn’t hate it) then I am happy!
Torii Hunter’s 14th hit as a Detroit Tiger was his 2,000th for his career. With 3 hits tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, Hunter becomes the 14th active Major League player with 2,000 hits in his 17th MLB season. He has played with 3 major league teams, Minnesota Twins (1997-2007), Los Angeles Angels (2008-2012) and Detroit Tigers (2013).
Last night Joe Nathan of the Texas Rangers became the 22nd player in MLB History to record his 300th save, Nathan did it in his 13th MLB season and moved into a 3-way tie with Jason Isringhausen (16 seasons) and Bruce Sutter (13 seasons). He started his career with the San Francisco Giants (1999-2000, 2002-2003) and has played with the Minnesota Twins (2004-2009, 2011) before joining the Texas Rangers in 2012. He is 38 years old, so don’t look for him to challenge Mariano Rivera’s record of 609 (as of 4/9/2013) but there is no reason to think he cannot break into the Top 10 all-time. Rollie Fingers currently is in the 10th spot with 341 saves.