Going to have to make this quick, because my wife’s out of town and our dog has been stuck in our apartment since 12:45 this afternoon.
The Giants had no problem collecting hits on Tuesday night. But of the 15 they had, only two went for extra-bases (doubles, both of ’em). But in the end, a liner off the bat of Mark DeRosa which ended up being a hit by a margin of about an inch decided this 228-minutes-long extravaganza.
With the Braves, Cardinals and D-Backs winning, this one was just for fun (or as I wrote in the Panda post, “Jaworskis and giggles”). And even though this game was kind of silly in how it got stretched out soooooo long, it was fun for pretty much everyone involved with the Giants besides Brandon Belt. Belt isn’t in jail (since he played yesterday), but the baby giraffe is definitely in a cage at this point.
Belt aside, there were many stars tonight. Matt Cain spent a couple hours lowering his ERA. Pablo Sandoval and Carlos Beltran had 3 hits each, with Cody Ross and Eli Whiteside(!) chipping in with 2 apiece. Sergio Romo lit up the crowd when he struck out Jeremy Hermida to end the 9th, and Santiago Casilla proved at least twice in the 10th that he has one of the nastiest curveballs of any right-handed reliever in the game.
It was DeRosa, however, who finally came through in his third at-bat after replacing Brett Pill (well, after Aubrey Huff replaced Pill, anyway). DeRosa hit a liner that Orlando Hudson made a fabulous leaping attempt to catch, but the ball bounced off the end of his glove. Hudson stayed face down on the outfield grass for about 30 seconds while the Giants mobbed DeRosa and jumped around as if their playoff hopes were kept alive. Technically, they were. Still 6.5 games behind Atlanta for the wild card with 14 games left to play.
But tonight it wasn’t about that, it was about winning an extremely long game in front of crowd bigger than this team really deserves at this point in the season. And it was about a celebration that the Giants milked as much as they could, in part because they clearly like DeRosa so much. Because for this team as its currently constructed, and for DeRosa in particular, it might be the last walk-off win like this that they ever get to celebrate together.