Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Miracle Every Day

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It takes dynamite to get me up
Too much of everything is just enough
One more thing I just got to say
I need a miracle every day
- Grateful Dead

What a game last night. It was a comedy of errors, bobbles and bad plays. Heck, there was even some great defense to keep us guessing. At the end of the evening, our saving grace was our teams ability to find a way to win.

The first inning ended in an unexpected manner. Raffy made an unbelievable throw from the outfield to get Winn at home. Martin, sprawling to his left after catching the bullet, used his foot to cover the plate as he tagged out the runner. A miracle of a play as I've ever seen.

Later on, our team strikes first because of an embarrassing missed fly ball by Lewis in left field. It was the type of error you would see in a little league game. In fact, I'm pretty sure that was a perfect imitation of me during my playing days. San Francisco scored their first run because of an error by Furcal in the third inning. I guess one good play deserves a bad one.

Soon, other Giants got into the act. Uribe makes an errant throw that ties the game at two. Ishikawa holds at third after a double by Uribe in the sixth inning- he was no doubt fearful of Furcal's mighty arm. Giant pitchers were wild all day with Sanchez throwing 2 wild pitches and Howry one in the ninth. Molina was like Patrick Roy in Orange.

Walks galore filled the scorecard. The Dodgers netted 9 and the Giants 5. In fact, both teams scored on bases loaded walks.

At the end, it took the dramatics of a Manny, Ethier and Kemp to seal the deal. The Dodgers win it in the ninth with a score of 5 to 3. It was just another difficult day in the long standing battle between these two storied franchises.

Box Score: Dodgers 5, Giants 3.

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