Despite the best efforts of the bullpen and Joe Panik, the Giants fell short in the final four innings of their
rain-shortened protested and suspended game. Panik drove in Adam Duvall with a solid two-out hit in the sixth inning (as seen in the “photo” above) to pull the Giants to within one, but the scoring would end there as the Cubs came away with a 2-1 victory.
The Giants reeled off five more hits this afternoon — including singles from Panik and Brandon Crawford in the ninth — giving them 11 for the game. The Cubs could only muster one measly walk in Act Two, so their hit total was stuck on three for the game. The Cubs went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position while the Giants went 2-for-8, but Anthony Rizzo’s first inning 466-foot home run off Ryan Vogelsong was the difference.
It’s just about impossible to come up with a coherent recap of a game that started Tuesday and ended today, so let’s just get to the miscellaneous.
— 63 people (give or take) attended the conclusion of this game. It would’ve been a dream scenario for Jim Harbaugh, who still brings his glove to baseball games and recently said this to Tim Kawakami about a game he attended before training camp in Arizona.
“Yeah, I was very disappointed I didn’t get a ball. That’s just every time I’ve ever gone to a baseball game, that’s my main focus. Going and getting a ball.”
Harbaugh claims to have collected 20 foul balls in his lifetime. He would’ve had a great chance at getting No. 21 today.
— Yusmeiro Petit struck out the first five guys he faced in two perfect innings. A lot (OK, not that much) has been made about Petit’s numbers as a reliever (yay) compared to what he’s done as a starter (yeesh). This was technically a relief appearance, but I’m going to file this into the “emergency start” category. I’m sure you all were wondering.
— Jon Miller wasn’t too impressed with Gregor Blanco’s at-bat in the ninth inning. Blanco took a 2-2 fastball on the outside corner at the knees. It was a borderline strike, but Wellington Castillo didn’t need to move his glove and Hunter Wendelstedt was looking at another nine innings of umpiring at another base. Miller couldn’t believe that Blanco didn’t swing, speaking in the kind of frustrated tone that arises after realizing the Giants probably aren’t going to take advantage of their chance to win this weird game, and memories of that 4.5-hour delay bubble up to the surface.
— Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria just sent me a list of the prizes they’ll be raffling off at next Thursday’s “Dine and Donate” event at both San Francisco locations:
- Kendall Jackson raffle prize featuring a dinner for two at their Healdsburg location and a 3 liter bottle of Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Prize – a 3 liter bottle of Sonoma Brut and a gift certificate to a tasting and tour for 4 people. ($300 value)
- A pair of tickets to September 10 game (7:15 vs D-Backs)
- A pair of Giants tickets to the September 11 game (12:45 vs D-Backs)
- 2010 Duckhorn Vineyards Decoy 2010 SF Giants World Series wine
- iPad Mini
- Bruce Bochy’s four personal seats to 9/15 game vs Dodgers
- Bruce Bochy – signed jersey and hat
- Brandon Belt — autographed ball
- Javier Lopez — signed picture, ball and hat
- Tim Hudson — signed picture, ball and game used cleats
- Matt Cain — signed jersey and ball
- Madison Bumgarner — unspecified item
- Buster Posey — unspecified item
- 1 x $100 Mom’s The Word Gift Certificate
- 4 x $50 Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria Gift Certificates
All proceeds from the King Street and Lombard Street Amici’s restaurants from 3-10 pm on Aug. 28 will go to San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program. Bruce and Kim Bochy make appearances at both spots, and I’ll be there too. Hope to see you there.