Giants Smite Evil, Beat LA
A long time ago, the Dodgers organization made a deal with Satan. After selling their souls and the souls of all future Dodgers in exchange for the promise of being a successful franchise, the Dodgers went on to win a few pennants and World Series. The Giants, in all of their bright glory, became the natural rivals of evil. Having not sold their souls to the devil, they’re forced to win the World Series on their own, which may account for the last 55 years of no championships.
Tonight’s game was a shining example of good prevailing over evil. Madison Bumgarner pitched well enough, going 5 and 2/3 innings and giving up just one earned run. Travis Ishikawa continued to defy reason and hit well. Pablo Sandoval had another game with a lot of hard contact. Everything was going according to plan, and the Giants seemed to be on the fast track to victory. Then the bullpen took over, and things quickly became unraveled.
And obviously, we should come to expect this from the Dodgers. They made a deal with the lord of evil, Satan himself. He’s not going to let the Dodgers go down without a fight, and our bullpen was happy to oblige. After some moments that almost relegated me to hugging my knees in the corner, Brian Wilson decided to lead us even further down the rabbit hole to hell.
With the bases loaded, who else but Casey Blake would step up to the plate against Wilson. The man who in the past has crowed about Wilson’s arm gesture after every save. The man who many times before has hurt the Giants in a moment of need. The man who’s evil beard conceals only more evil beneath it. Naturally, three pitches and one coronary later, the Giants are up 1-0 in the series.
In a series like this, it’ll never be easy. A 5-2 victory that on paper may seem harmless was in fact the most stressful game I’ve had the pleasure of viewing since…well, yesterday actually. Thank Phil Cuzzi for that. The result? The Dodgers have now lost 5 games in a row and are 6 games out of first place. The Giants on the other hand have now won 4 of 5 coming out of the break, and the one game we did lose should have gone in the win column anyways.
It’s not always pretty, but I’ll be damned if it’s not satisfying on so many levels to continue to see Los Angeles freefall through the standings. These are the consequences when you make a pact with Satan people. Take note.
This classic good versus evil matchup continues tomorrow, with the savior himself, Tim Lincecum taking the mound against Clayton Von Patchybeard. Let’s hope we see the same amount of winning sans the stressful innings.
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