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5/5/2014 GIANTS @ Pirates Gameball and Joker


The Giants pulled out the win of the year so far, as they came back from down 8-2 to win 11-10 in 13 innings.
The Pirates wasted several opportunities to win it, but the Giants came through with runners in scoring position consistently for the first time since the opening week. They've won six in-a-row, which is their longest winning streak since they won their sixth in-a-row a year ago tonight.

GAMEBALL:
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Despite the Giants' success so far this season, the offense could not get the hits with runners in scoring position. They couldn't get them if their lives depended on it, but tonight, he finally got them, and they got a ton of them.
Down 8-2, they scored five runs in the sixth inning, and when they were down in the ninth, they very quickly got a runner on and got the hit to tie it up.

TIP OF THE CAP: emoticon

Hector Sanchez: Sanchez caught all 13 innings tonight, as he had to block an unprecedented amount of pitches.
At the plate, he knocked in a run as part of the five-run sixth inning, and he got the game-tying hit in the seventh. I always shake my head when Belt is out of the lineup, but I'll gladly eat my crow tonight.

Hunter Pence: Whose resurgence continued tonight. He had three hits, he scored the tying run in the ninth, and he darted home on Machi's bunt in the 13th.

Buster Posey: Don't look now, but Posey's hitting .292.
The MVP had three hits tonight. He scored the tying run in the seventh, and then he singled in the tying run in the ninth.

Michael Morse: Morse had another big night tonight. He started the scoring with his double in the first, and he got the Giants within a run with his double in the seventh.

Santiago Casilla: Casilla deserves some major league credit tonight. Casilla struck Neil Walker with two outs in the 10th to end a 14-pitch battle with the winning run in scoring position.

Jean Machi: Who battled his way through two scoreless innings, and he hustled on his bunt in the 13th to force an errant throw.
Also, he's 5-0, which makes him the National League leader in wins.

Sergio Romo: Who pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 10th save. What else did you expect?

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Yusmeiro Petit
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Petit was flat-out lit up tonight.
He was given an early 2-0 lead, and he responded by giving up eight runs in four-and-a-third innings.

SMACK OF THE STICK: emoticon

Juan Gutierrez: After the Giants made their comeback in the middle innings, Gutierrez was rocked for a pair of runs, which inflated his ERA a bit.

Pablo: In the seventh after we tied the game, Pablo predictably grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Chris Stewart: Yes, we all remember him, and it never ceases to amaze me how he has a spot on a major league roster.
He is the worst-hitting position player I've ever seen.

Gerry Davis: Dude, get out of the way!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The Giants are off to their best start since 2003.
They were 23-15 after 38 games last season, but there is no way that we're going to repeat the collapse of last season. Unlike last year, we're pitching well, thus coming back from large deficits is not a regular occurrence.
Clayton Kershaw is about to come off the disabled list, which will likely lead to the Bums getting hot. It got me thinking that maybe we'll see another pennant race like 1993. Both of these teams have the horses to go down to the wire, so we shall see what happens.
Also, after 32 games,

1993: 19-13 - 103-59
2003: 23-9 - 100-61
2014: 21-11 - ???

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