Quest for Three: Giants win the National League Wildcard
The Giants beat the odds again, after being plagued with injuries and not doing as well as most, the Giants won the National League Wildcard slot against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a score of 8-0.
Madison Bumgarner, the Giants’ ace, was on the mound tonight and pitched flawlessly, throwing a complete game shutout, with one walk, four hits, and ten strikeouts. Brandon Crawford was tonight’s hero, hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning and giving the Giants their first runs of the game. Pablo Sandoval made an amazing play in the bottom on the seventh, catching a foul ball over the railing of the Pirates’ dugout before falling in and keeping a hold of the ball.
Things could have taken a turn for the worse in the first inning though, after a routine fly ball was hit toward Pence, causing a Pence/Panik collision when Panik did not hear Pence calling him off and the two collided. Amazing enough, Panik did not drop the ball and kept a runner from scoring.
The runs kept on coming when Brandon Belt hit an RBI (runs batted in) single in the fifth, scoring Hunter Pence, and then hitting another RBI in the seventh, scoring Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval. The Giants kept hold of their lead, making amazing play after amazing play and defying odds.
Pablo Sandoval went 2-4, hitting two singles, Panik went 3-5, all singles, but still getting on base, while Posey went 2-5 with an RBI in the eighth and Pence hitting 1-4.
In a post game interview, Bumgarner says he did nothing special, just tried to make pitches, adding that he feels good going in against the Nationals, knowing that Peavy and Hudson will be on the mound.
The Giants’ skipper, Bruce Bochy says that he told his guys to be patient and slow it down out there. He added that it is hard to put together a better game than what we had [tonight]. Bochy says that they are all still very excited to be playing.
The Giants are off to Washington to face the Nationals in the National League Division Series (NLDS), playing Friday and Saturday night before flying home to start game three of the NLDS at AT&T Park. It is speculated that Jake Peavy will most likely start the series in Washington, followed by Tim Hudson.