Your Daily Giants Report
By Screamin’ Leeman
Okay, everyone get their pens out. Today we can all write thank you notes to Matt Williams, former Giant third baseman and current idiotic manager of the Washington Nationals.
In one of the most bone-headed moves I have ever had the pleasure to watch, he yanked his starting pitcher, who was rolling, with two outs in the ninth.
You’ve got to know he had to graduate Summa Cum Lout from the Ron Washington school of managing, and I’m sure he’s been invited to make the commencement speech.
Let me set the scene: The Nationals starting pitcher, Ryan Zimmerman, was completely untouchable. Giants got three hits off him all night, and nothing after the third inning.
All night long the Giants are flailing at pitches, popping up, swinging and missing, striking out, just having a helluva time.
Nationals are leading one to nothing in the ninth, Giants are up, and there are two outs. One more out and it’s game time.
So Zimmerman walks Joe Panik. And what does Mister Brilliante do? He YANKS him! Brings in someone else to face Buster Posey.
I jumped up and started screaming. Because with Zimmerman in there we had NO CHANCE. ZERO. Before the walk, he had retired TWENTY consecutive batters.
But with ANY other pitcher, we had a chance. And what sometimes happens in a case like this, when the starter is SO dominant, when the reliever comes in it looks like he’s throwing meatballs. Because the starter was SO tough, ANYONE else will be easier.
So I figured: We have a chance.
Okay, so up comes Buster, with Panik on first. OF COURSE he gets a hit. Panik to second.
Then, the Panda! Who promptly hits a double down the left field line to tie the game, with Buster being thrown out at the plate. The call was disputed, reviewed, and confirmed.
But now we were tied, and going to extra innings! And facing mere mortal pitchers for the rest of the way!
Thank you Panda, thank you Buster, and most of all, thank you Matt Williams!
Matt Williams! You big dumb bunny! What the hell were you thinking?
I’m sure he was channeling Ron Washington. His pitcher was mowing guys down with wild abandon, he would have got the last out without a flinch. But no, bird boy lets us get back into the game!
I swear, if I didn’t know better, I’d think he was still on our side. Except that a little later in the game, in another unfathomable move, he gets himself tossed for arguing balls and strikes, which, as you know, is an automatic ejection! Honest to god, I don’t even think Ron Washington would be that dumb.
And by the way, how do you think Ryan Zimmerman feels about his manager? Think he’s a little steamed?
I am pretty sure the baseball gods are making the Nationals pay for holding out Stephen Strasburg in 2012. They’ll be paying off that karmic blunder for a long, long time. As they should.
Anyway, who was to know the game would go 18 long innings? My goodness, what a marathon. And we won it on a lead off home run by Brandon Belt in the eighteenth!
Got to hand it to Yusmeiro Petit who came in in relief and threw about 80 pitches over six innings. Man! That’s nearly a whole ‘nother game!
So we took two from the Nats in their own home park, and now it’s off to AT&T for game three.
Bumgarner against Doug Fister on Monday afternoon. Fister is no pushover, but then again, we’ve seen what MadBum has done lately, haven’t we?