Bench clearing? Check.
Two aces dominating? Check.
Last night served up some lovely late-September baseball drama. Both teams clawing their way to win an NL West title (since 2008, both teams have represented the division seven out of eight seasons.) The Giants have been in a second-half swoon, 22-37 since the All-Star break, to say they need to win this series to have a shot at winning the division is an understatement. But they have their ace on the hill, a Cy Young candidate against a team that is downright dreadful against southpaws, (sporting a .727 OPS), obviously Bumgarner delivered going 7 innings, giving up one lone hit and striking out 10. His opposition, Clayton Kershaw, who was having an absolutely historic season before he was injured late June, was also sharp going 6 innings and striking out 8 and giving up 3 hits and one unearned run on a wild pitch. Kershaw was good, Bumgarner was great. So if an ace outperforms another ace and goes 8 innings you would expect them to win right? Right? Right. There’s a reason the Giants have been as bad as they’ve been post-All-Star break, 29 blown saves. Every Giants fan must have had an overwhelming sense of dread when Bumgarner exited and their intuition was correct. Derek Law and Javier Lopez each gave up a hit in the 9th and recorded only one out combined, then Hunter Strickland came in and surrendered 2 hits- the final one by Adrian Gonzalez, which appeared to be playable by right fielder Hunter Pence, giving the victory for the boys in blue in stunning walk-off fashion.
And the extra curricular activity? Well, it was pretty obvious who the perpetrators were. Puig and Bumgarner have had a few “encounters” the past few seasons and they made sure that they didn’t forget. For the final out of the 7th Puig tried to run out a would-be infield hit. However, Belt stepped on the bag and on their way to first base Bumgarner told Puig “don’t f***ing look at me.” Benches and bullpens cleared, there was some shoving but sadly no one wanted to be real enough and throw a punch in. Oh well.
This picture looks absolutely ridiculous.
I mean, look at this mini army of a bullpen storming out. Oh, 40 man rosters.
And we also have to talk about this poor child.
Look, I get it, mommy and daddy love each other enough to not let a baseball rivalry get between them and did the deed with each other. Do you have to parade your poor child around like this? Little baby isn’t feeling any of it and I don’t blame them. Shame.
Someone is getting fired for this one or is so oblivious they’re taking a non-paid trip to the museum of tolerance.
Swing and a miss buddy. Ooof.
And the aftermath of last night?
A new hashtag and shirt modeled by Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen.
Article by: Timothy Perez @timdperez