Wednesday, October 08, 2014

4 down, 8 to go

Pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching

That's mostly why the Giants beat the Nats

Here's Lefty Malo's recap of last night --

Game 4: Unlike Games 2 and 3, it wasn't one blunder that tipped the scales. It was three, and the Nats made all of them. Gio Gonzalez let Juan Perez's double-play ball go through his legs, Gonzalez and Rendon couldn't decide who should pick up Ryan Vogelsong's bunt, and two runs subsequently scored. Then the Nats' rookie Barrett had an attack of sphinctertightenitis in the 7th, couldn't throw enough strikes to Hunter Pence, then spiked a fastball in the dirt (three seconds after John Smoltz on TV warned that Barrett's motion was out of whack and could lead to fastballs spiked in the dirt). Wild pitch, third run.

Make it four mistakes, because Barrett was so geeked up after the wild pitch, he threw another one trying to throw an intentional ball. It was only luck---lucky Nationals!---that the ball rebounded into catcher Wilson Ramos' bare hand and he could throw out Posey trying to score. (Ramos also made a fantastic jump pivot and perfect throw back to Barrett. That wasn't luck.) The Giants played clean, and did wonderful things with their tongues sticking out.


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