Two big-league baseball teams met up last night in Denver, Colorado.
One team was playing as if its season were on the line, desperately attempting to salvage what was developing into a disastrous series.Â The other was looking to deliver one last powerful punch to theÂ mid-section before moving on to another fight.
Together those two teams produced the best big-league baseball game of the 2009 season.
I believe 13 innings of 1-1 baseball at Coors Field (humidor or no humidor) speak for themselves, so I’ll skip to the decisive 14th before recapping the totality of this spectacularly dramatic baseball game.
Rockies fans got their first real glance at the real Adam Eaton.Â Well, they actually saw it in the 13th inning, when Eaton loaded the bases with two outs.Â Fortunately for Eaton, San Francisco’s Freddy Sanchez was unavailable to hit, leaving the rally in the hands of relief pitcher Brandon Meddars.
In the 14th, Eaton was not nearly so lucky.Â He walked three around triples by Edgar Rentaria and Eugenio Velez, giving San Fran what appeared to be an insurmountable 4-1 lead.
Lead-off batter Dexter Fowler fouls a 3-2 pitch off his knee cap and stays down for 3-4 minutes.Â Fowler, unable to put much weight on his leg, and unable to leave due to shortage of players, amazingly stays in to draw the walk and literally walks to first base.Â Thankfully the Giants made the rest of his trip around the bases just as easy.
After a Clint Barmes pop out and a Giant pitching change, Chris Iannetta singles to center, allowing Fowler to walk to second.Â New pitcher Justin Miller walks Troy Tulowitzki, which didn’t seem like the worst idea considering Adam Eaton had to hit for himself.
Two big problems for the Giants arise here.
- Justin Miller can’t throw a strike to save his life.
- Adam Eaton does one thing well: stand at the plate and not swing.
Five pitches later, Eaton draws the 33rd walk of his career.Â Fowler practically crawls home on his hands and knees.Â Bochy is forced to play his final arm: Merkin Valdez.Â And the stage is set for Ryan Spilborghs to hopefully not hit into another rally killing double play.
As I’m sure you’ve seen or read by now, Spilborghs didn’t ground into the double play.
- 476 pitches thrown
- 20 walks issued (Giants 13, Rockies 7)
- Compared to 19 strikeouts (Giants 10, Rockies 9)
- Angel Campos really is the worst balls and strikes umpire I’ve seen all season.
- 27 runners left on base (Giants 13, Rockies 14)
- 15 pitchers (Giants 8, Rockies 7)
- 22 players used by Giants (excluding Cain, Sanchez & Sanchez)
- Tim Lincecum & Joe Martinez pinch ran.
- 20 players used by Rockies (excluding Hammel, De La Rosa, Jimenez, Fogg and Herges)
- Carlos Gonzalez played five innings without the use of his left hand
- Yorvit Torrealba caught all 14 innings.
- Torrealba also caught the entire 22 inning game last season
- Adam Eaton gets his first (and likely last) win as a Rockie
- Jason Marquis and Barry Zito get nothing, but pitched brilliantly.
- Time of game: 4:57 (Insert Red Sox-Yankees joke here)
Day off today?
Bring on the Dodgers!
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