Tonight’s game was the kind of crazy contest where the opposing pitcher (Mat Latos) preserved his no-hitter through the 4th inning by walking the bases full to face Aaron Rowand (who promptly grounded into a force out). After the no-hitter was broken up by Chris Stewart in the 5th (Chris Stewart? Yes, really Chris Stewart), both teams seemed really intent on letting the other win for a while there.
Going into the 8th inning, this was originally going to be my opening:
Backed up by shoddy offense and shoddier defense, Matt Cain takes the loss as the Giants fall down on their face in front of the Padres by a score of 5-2.
Instead, I got to cheer on a Giant rally in the 8th inning that included rookie catcher Hector Sanchez’ first major league hit and RBI. Orlando Cabrera laced one into left field to put the finishing touches on the 3 runs scored that inning to tie the game at 5. Of note, Carlos Beltran came in to PH in his debut AB upon his return from the DL, only to pop out to short, leaving 2 men on for PH Miguel Tejada. After reaching across the plate at pitches that were closer to the on-deck circle than home, Tejada lined out to 3rd, leaving the game tied.
But then the Padres put up two runs in the top of the 9th to re-take the lead and win the game. Heath Bell came into the 9th to put the Giants down in order to record the save.
So I started thinking that maybe I could recycle my opening:
Backed up by shoddy offense and shoddier defense, Matt Cain gets a no-decision as the Giants fall down on their face in front of the Padres by a score of 7-5, with Ramon Ramirez taking the loss.
Yup. That works.
That doesn’t quite sum it all up, though. The Giants committed 3 errors, nearly matched by the Padres’ 2 errors. And the very best error of the night was Jesus Guzman’s skitter at first and quadruple-clutch when fielding a grounder from Brandon Belt that allowed 2 runs to score in the 5th. Go watch it. You’ll thank me.