Think of everything that has happened during the 19 months since that fateful day. Personally and throughout the entire world. We were still bumping Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” back then. Now, as I’m writing this, I’m vibing to Lamar’s new joint “DAMN.” It was a different time.
All of this is just an extended way of saying that it’s been a long friggin’ time since the Giants got a walk-off win. Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies furthered that frustrating streak, with our savior Madison Bumgarner on the bump no less.
Bumgarner threw one mistake that cost him mightily. Overall he pitched well enough to earn a win. This one is pretty much on the offense.
Colorado pitchers killin the vibe
Colorado starter Jon Gray and reliever Chris Rusin combined to pitch 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. If that sounds unexciting, it’s because I’m writing with the exact same boring tone that they pitched with.
Gray gave up a lead-off single to Denard Span and then induced nothing but low energy contact for three innings. It was nauseatingly monotonous, to be honest. He was pulled in the fourth with an apparent foot injury.
Rusin stepped in like a lefty version of Gray, getting ground ball after ground ball until the Giants came up to bat in the bottom of the seventh with only one hit. That inning, Hunter Pence got on with a fielder’s choice, then moved up on a Conor Gillaspie single. He eventually scored on an Eduardo Nunez sacrifice fly to give the Giants their only run.
The Giants did make a run at ending the streak in the ninth inning. Joe Panik ricocheted a ground ball off the mound for a single, Pence squibbed one to short for another hit, and Gillaspie worked a walk to load the bases for Nunez. The shortstop took a good swing at a first pitch fastball. It went straight to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu for a game ending double play.
With Buster Posey still on the DL and Crawford on the shelf, it was a reminder of just how uninspiring this lineup can be without their main guys. Even MadBum’s at-bats were meh. Which leads us to…
I totally forgot about the Trevor Story story from last year. That whole thing when he started off the season hitting homers at a historic clip.
The brutal reminder came when the second year shortstop jumped on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth inning and sent it over the leftfield wall. It essentially put the game out of reach. Replays showed the pitch was intended to go inside. It wound up right over the plate.
It was a one bad pitch over an otherwise solid six frames. Bumgarner struck out eight, which is underachieving for him but outstanding for normal human pitchers.
The Giants are 0-3 in Bumgarner’s first three starts. He hit two home runs in one of those starts. He gave up just two runs while tossing a complete game in the other one. For the sake of unfair comparison, Andrew Bailey has pitched three total innings for the Angels. He has two wins.
Baseball. Is stupid.
Jarrett Parker update
The left fielder went 0-3 with two strikeouts. Outside corner pitches must have looked like they were thrown toward the far reaches of the galaxy. At least that’s how it appeared judging by the look on his grill whenever he got one. As Ann Killion tweeted, “Jarrett Parker couldn’t look any more uncomfortable at the plate if he was in bondage.” And now we are all horrified by that image.
Go listen to that new Kendrick a few dozen times. Then get a swimming pool full of liquor and dive in it. That’ll help you forget all about this one.