What is the difference between multiple innings.
When the San Diego Pads brought out the San Francisco Giants 6-3 in San Diego, in the eighth inning, I started writing that result. This was my introductory sentence:
This game was pretty stupid, because once the San Diego Padres took part in four weeks, it seemed that the giant “San Francisco” would lose.
And now, two innings later, all I can think about is how cheerful and invincible this squad of giants is.
Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating (I̵7;m definitely exaggerating). Hyperbole aside, it was a sensational, beautiful, very memorable game, similar to the one we will remember for the duration of the season, which is both very long and very short.
So how did we get to where there was a place where I was encouraged to confess my love for Mike Jastrzemski and Donovan Solano in the title? Well, let’s actually skip this part, because it’s not that much fun. Just know that Padres hit a couple of catastrophically loud home runs again, which made you think “damn, I wish the giants were flirting.”
Honestly, giants did. They had solo footage of Jastrzemski in the third inning and Alex Dickerson in the sixth, and just so the team doubled production at home in a year.
But because the rest of the offense was mostly futile, the two home runs were only worth a combined two runs, even though Padres got five runs.
So fast forward to the eighth inning. The Giants should be 6-3. Dickerson’s walk, interspersed between outs, gives the Giants one but two. Brandon Crawford finds the right field grass for singles, and your pessimistic mind thinks, “Great, of course, they’re going to bring a tying run to the plate to just play with me when we all know they’re failing.”
Knowing that they will fail will change things. Once you think you know what’s going on, it’s no longer true. Here’s how they get you.
And by “they” I mean “Donovan Solano.”
I shouted. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
We go to the ninth, and Tyler Rogers had the best inning of the year, making a walk, forcing Tommy Fama to bounce in a double game.
And so we go to the bottom of the ninth, the giants have only one way to victory: a walk.
Yastrzemsky brought the case, and let me anticipate it all, saying that Yastrzemsky came into the game as the best giant in this young season. And when he came ninth, he was already 2-4 with a home run.
And on the sixth field of the at-bit, fastball high and from the left pitcher, Yastrzemsky absolutely launched it.
One of the most intriguing storylines of the year was whether Yastrzemsky could support the star game he brought to the Giants a year ago. Even in this era, players don’t just flash suddenly in the late 20’s very often, and they have to be resilient.
We only have six games, but he picked up where he left off, and then a few. He was the only giant to start each game, and he hit .409 / .500 / .773.
He can hit.
If you’ve watched the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcasts, you may have noticed a new segment of sponsors. This happens every year because companies want to give radio stations the money to try and pretend that a consumer product smoothly reflects a niche game of baseball.
You know the type: “This bloated double single player game brought to you by the Twizzlers diet, the perfect snack to almost turn a double game” and “It’s time for our warning track to fly out of the game, presented by a second-hand Fiat dealer in Cupertino.”
The fragrance of the year 2020 is a Roman split screen, where the show is shown from different angles at the same time with a giant Roman logo. Roman is a health brand for men, which means they sell Viagra, which launches several hair growth products to look detail.
Anyway, the Roman Split Screen was a repetition of Dickerson’s housekeeper, a man who inspires a phallic melody in a dugout every time he hits a home run.
Honestly, he got some wood on that ball. Really patted him on the center wall of the field, which is a hard place to hit the house.
Tyler Anderson selected two runners in one inning that I can’t remember.
Not only did he select two runners, but he almost drove the other, Fernando Tatis Jr., one throw earlier, urging broadcasters to say that “Anderson should have thrown him better.”
And then he had the best throw.
If you’re a fan of Padres, you probably thought they were both talkers who, blah blah blah, tell that to someone who doesn’t care.
They were definitely beams, just … tell that to someone who cares.