Nate Schierholtz........................"The Catch"
World Series Champion SF Giants are back to playing like their championship selves with torturing drama. The good news of late is that they're winning the close games. And they're winning with different heroes stepping up each night.
Wednesday, after letting the L.A. Dodgers comeback to tie it in the 8th inning 5-5, Cody Ross was the Boss as his bat spanked a Dodger pitch into the left field seats for a three run homer. Closer Brian Wilson would painfully make the three run lead stand as he struggled through the bottom of the 9th injured.
Many injuries in that game; DeRosa left with a wrist injury, Rowand exited with what may have been just back spasms and the man of steel Brian Wilson tweeked what was thought to be an oblique muscle but gritted through the pain to finish the game. Though Matt Cain was spectacular most of the night, taking a no-hitter into the 5th inning, it was Wilson who got the win.
Thursday night saw more Giants torture and drama as Madison Bumgardner pitched a beauty against Dodger ace Chad Billingsley and almost finished his first full game. But with over 100 pitches (121) thrown the wheels of drama began to wobble on the wagon and after 8 2/3 innings Bumgardner was replaced by a questionable Brian Wilson to close.
Wilson came in with a man on first and leading 3-1 to begin his late inning torturous ways. Superman's pitches looked high as he walked two Dodgers to load the bases. Up walks Dodger Jamey Carroll to face a struggling Brian Wilson.