Sunday, July 18, 2010

Game Recap: NYM 4, SF 3

The Giants won this game. Except they didn't.

After Travis Ishikawa came up and hit a 2-run single to tie the game at 3-3 in the 9th, Andres Torres was up. On the first pitch he drilled a double down the line, sending Ishikawa to third. Ishikawa went home on a groundball from Freddy Sanchez, and on a play at the plate, Phil Cuzzi called him out. It was a close play, but looking at the replay, Ishikawa was clearly safe. Had he scored, the Giants would have had a walk-off win and a sweep. Instead they are left with a frustrating, much less satisfying loss and a 3 out of 4 game series win instead of the sweep.

This is obviously an extremely demoralizing loss for the Giants. A sweep would've given them a ton of momentum heading into a very important series against the Dodgers. With a loss like this where they did everything they needed to do to win and still couldn't get the victory, it might be easy for them to lose that momentum. Hopefully they can put it behind them, realize it's something they can't control and stay hot during the second half of the season. They are on a roll right now and a bad call can't interfere with that.

In the end, details of the game don't really matter. It doesn't matter that after the terrible call, Brian Wilson gave up the go-ahead run in the 10th. No matter how dead the Giants offense was through 8 innings, they put themselves in a position to win, and an umpire's blown call beat them.

1 comment:

  1. Lost in all of this is what ended up being a fine pitching performance by Jonathan Sanchez.