David Price vs. Madison Bumgarner was supposed to be a pitchers duel.
Then Price let up 4 runs in the top of the first and thoughts of a blow out danced in Giants fans heads.
Then Miguel Cabrera hit a 2 run shot and it was 4-2 after 1. So much for the pitchers duel.
Give both Bumgarner and Price credit that they didn’t pitch that badly for the rest of the game. In fact Price wound up throwing 8 2/3 innings, striking out 11, walking 1 and letting up just 1 run after the first.
But guess what? The 4 runs in the first still count. And Buster Posey’s homer gave them a little cushion.
There are no style points for wins. There are no moral victories for losses. Both teams need all the wins they can get. And if the Giants can beat Detroit in the ESPN Sunday Night Game tomorrow, they will have swept a contender on the road and the worst case scenario has them 2 games out of the West.
Giants will take it. So should their fans.
Meanwhile the A’s got a desperately needed walk off, feel good win.
I guess I should update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Giants jumped ahead 4-0 in the first against David Price and held on for dear life to win 5-4 in Detroit. DODGED BULLET
53 Dodged Bullets 48 Teeth Grinders
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The A’s bats were dead until the 9th inning. Scott Feldman made it to one out in the 9th but Donaldson led a rally, Derek Norris won a great at bat and Chad Qualls let up a game tying double and Jed Lowrie beat the Astros with a walk off hit, 4-3. DODGED BULLET
50 Dodged Bullets 48 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Clay Buchholz got out of a 6th inning jam with a double play and the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays despite losing Mike Napoli to illness by a final of 4-3. DODGED BULLET
Dodged Bullets 61 Teeth Grinders 72
The Giants, A’s and Red Sox all won on the same day by one run. What are the odds?