Perfectly Acceptable Zito (TM) showed up today and that was nice. Five innings and two runs given up. Not bad. Kept the Giants in the game even though Powder was apparently missing from Citi Field. But the Giants scored three runs before Zito was out of the game — one on an Angel Pagan home run, one on a Buster Posey RBI double, and another because of a wild pitch.
And maybe — just maybe — that could’ve won the game.
Because surely, with run support and an actual lead, there was a chance. Maybe.
But the closer by committee happened. Santiago Casilla faced one batter and was taken out because Jason Bay got a base hit. Javier Lopez pitched 1/3 of an inning, facing three batters. Lopez gave up a base hit to Josh Thole, which drove in the tying run.
So then the game was tied and the narrative was happy because that’s what the narrative does.
So off they went to the top of the 10th.
Melky Cabrera walked. That was positive. Pablo Sandoval struck out. Sadness. Cabrera stole second. But Gregor Blanco flew out. And for some bizarre reason, the Mets intentionally walked Nate Schierholtz to get to Hector Sanchez. Who promptly hit a single that drove in Cabrera.
And just like that, the Giants had the lead again.
So off Sergio Romo was, to finish the game off after getting the last out of the 9th. But back-to-back singles made Bruce Bochy go, “LOLNOPETOZEBULLPEN!” And Clay Hensley came in to finish the game off. But Schierholtz was also taken out for Aubrey Huff. That’s just a weird double switch move right now because no one wants to see Huff in a game like this and is in the friggin’ outfield.
But they got the three outs. With some premature Kuipness. Because no, Kuip, that call freaked many out because IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF THAT WAS THE END OF THE GAME AND INSTEAD THE AT-BAT WAS NOT OVER. But the last out was gotten and a good time was had by all.
Oh, and Matt Cain pinch hit for Barry Zito in the top of the 6th inning. It was that kind of game.
I’m sending my heart meds bill to you, Giants.