The 2014 San Francisco Giants thus far can be summed up in one word: perseverance.
Saturday night’s 5-4 win against the Mets was a prime example and a statement of what this team is all about,not giving up and to never count them out of a game, even when they have no business winning it.
Make no mistake about it, Tim Hudson had his worst start as a Giant last night,but we all knew he would hiccup at some point. He does,however, still have an ERA under 2 (1.97) and that is among baseball’s best and the Giants are 6-0 at home this year when Hudson starts.
“Huddy was a little off today,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He battled his tail off to keep us in the game. What a job he did to hold them to three runs.”
But the ninth inning came around and started in one of the most unlikeliest of ways, a strikeout.
With the Giants down 4-3, Angel Pagan struck out to begin the inning,but the ball got away from Mets catcher Anthony Recker, allowing Pagan to reach first base safely after review. Hunter Pence then ripped a double down the left field line, Pagan scored from first base to tie the game at 4. Pablo Sandoval was walked to get to Michael Morse, who knocked a base hit to drive home the winning run. The Giants came back to win it and are now 20 games over .500 at 41-21.
“It just tells you about what kind of team we have,” said Morse. “We find a way. We’ve been doing it all year. We’ve been fighting till the last out.”
This year’s Giants squad has proven to me that last year was a total fluke. This team truly is built to win and a second consecutive losing season is highly unlikely if you ask me. The energy and confidence these guys have is something I haven’t seen since the 2012 season. In fact, I think they’re more confident and are much better than that team and I thought that team was pretty damn good. And when Brandon Belt comes back next month, lookout!
Sure,they have a 9½ game lead now in the National League West and it’s only early June,but I think they can keep this up all season. Saturday night’s victory was all the proof I needed.
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