Saturday, July 14, 2012

Scoreboard watching at its finest

I got to see the Dodgers suffer one of their worst losses ever tonight at Chavez Latrine. I'm still stunned with happiness.

Essentially, their hot young closer Kenley Jansen went to sleep in the 9th with two outs and two strikes and a one-run lead on the Padres, who had runners at second and third. Evereth Cabrera, who'd been taking huge leads at third, had the brains and savvy to dash home when he saw that Jansen wasn't really paying attention. Jansen made a crappy throw that got away from AJ Ellis, allowing Will Venable -- son of the former Giant Max Venable -- to dash home from second.

Everyone at the Ravine was kind of stunned. A few brainless Dodger fans started booing but none of the Dodgers complained to the umps. They knew right away that Jansen had blown it. Corie Block's story for mlb.com focuses on Cabrera's baserunning rather than on Jansen's boneheadedness. 

Then in the bottom of the 9th, ex-Giant Alex Hinshaw knock out a 1-2-3 inning. The scoreboard showed that the Giants were tied 2-2 in the 11th at that point.

I had seen the scoreboard show the Giants blowing a 2-0 lead in the 9th but it had been a good night for scoreboard as I realized that Tim Lincecum had shut down the Astros.

As I walked out of the Ravine/Latrine amid downcast Dodger fans, the Giants put together three straight singles from Sandoval, Pagan and Hector Sanchez to move into first place.


What a night of baseball! 


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