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Twins 2, Giants 6

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As a thank you for being the director of the incredibly-awesome-if-I-do-say-so-myself Alice Shrugged 2014 Mystery Hunt, our equally awesome-if-I-do-say-so-myself team of editors and testsolving coordinators* bought me a pair of tickets to tonight’s Twins-Giants game at AT&T Park, sitting in the third row right behind first base, which allowed me to stare at Joe Mauer and Buster Posey all night.  I took my Fraggle Rocks** teammate, Jen Perez, who was even willing to wear my spare Twins jersey, despite being a Padres fan from San Diego.

The game started off well for the Twins.  Brian Dozier doubled down the left field line on the first pitch of the game.  But then it went south fast.  Dozier got picked off trying to steal third very quickly and in the bottom of the first, Angel Pagan did not immediately squander his lead off double and the Giants wound up scoring three on a Pablo Sandoval homerun to right.  (There was a challenge early in the inning which resulted in Hunter Pence being safe at first instead of out as the umpire’s originally ruled it.  Yes, it was the right call, but man, oh man, do I hate this new challenge system.)

In the top of the third, it looked like the Twins were going to make a ballgame out of it when Brian Dozier led off with a single and Joe Mauer followed with a deep shot to Triples Alley, which sure enough, wound up being an RBI triple.  Parmelee hit a ground ball to second, which allowed Mauer to score and suddenly the Twins were within one.  Unfortunately, they never scored again, which was not true for the Giants, who piled on an additional three runs throughout the game, including one on a Hicks homerun and later a Hicks sacrifice fly.

Which Hicks, you ask?  This is a fair question as both the Giants and the Twins had a guy named Hicks batting 8th.  And for a brief period, they both were batting .194.  But then Brandon Hicks of the Giants hit his homerun and his average went up to .200, whereas Aaron Hicks of the Twins, well, he’s now batting .192.  In other similarities between the two teams, both feature a first baseman who is a former MVP catcher with at least one batting title and a wife who had twins: Joe Mauer and Buster Posey.

Finally, I’m sure Jen would be disappointed if I left out one of the major sources of entertainment for the evening: the guys behind and to the right of us who, from about the 5th inning through the 8th inning, relentlessly hassled the Twins bullpen catcher to “give the kid a ball.”  Which kid?  Well, I’m not sure they knew or cared, initially, but eventually they picked a pet kid sitting in our section with a Giants hat on.  It seemed pretty clear to me that they were pissing off the bullpen catcher, but eventually — eventually — he gave the kid a ball.  Actually, it was a different kid wearing a Twins jersey, but it did seem to satisfy the guys to the point that they stopped chanting.  That and the usher came over and threatened to kick them out if they didn’t stop now that a kid had a ball.

All in all, a great night… and I’ll be back on Sunday, sitting much farther away from the field, hoping for a different outcome in the score!

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* I believe this includes Jason Juang (who actually purchased the tickets and delivered them to me), Aaron Bader, Brandy Buckingham, Robbie Buckingham, Jamie Clark, Harvey Jones, Dan Katz, Roger Morash, Chieu Nguyen, and David Wilson.  If a non-editor/non-testsolving coordinator also went in on the tickets, someone should tell me.

** Is that not the best name for a curling team you’ve ever heard?

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Giants 4, Athletics 2

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Giants 4, Athletics 2

And so it begins…

Okay, not actually the regular season yet, but the pre-season Bay Bridge Exhibition series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics got me out to the ballpark for the first time this year.  I wasn’t sure if I was rooting for the A’s or the Giants, but I wore an A’s jersey that was a free giveaway from last season, and I’m kind of an American League gal, so if forced, I guess I was leaning A’s.  On other hand, I actually live in San Francisco so…

Keeping score at a spring training game in a National League (i.e. no DH) park is quite a challenge.  I utilized my new-ish smart phone more than once to keep track of all the crazy substitutions.  I also used it to tweet in the middle of the game… yeah, I’m kind of ashamed of myself.

The game itself was pretty exciting.  Madison Bumgarner was much more solid than the last time I saw him pitch for the Giants when he gave up 8 straight hits to the Twins to start the game.  However, in the third he gave up a single to Jemile Weeks, followed immediately by a homerun to Eric Sogard to put the A’s up 2-0.  Sogard was an early substitute for Cliff “ought to play cricket” Pennington.  Quick show, Pennington! (That’s for you, you-know-who-you-are.)

It looked for awhile like the underdog A’s might pull it off against the much more beloved Giants, but then Jordan Norberto gave up a solo homerun to Melky Cabrera in the 6th to bring the Giants within one.  A disastrous outing by Fautino DeLosSantos in the seventh led to three Giants runs on one hit: a walk to Ryan Theriot, a hit-by-pitch to Nate Schierholtz, an error by Josh Donaldson at third that allowed Theriot to score, a fielders choice by Angel Pagan that scored Schierholtz, and finally a solid single by Melky Cabrera to score Emmanuel Burriss.

Brian “Fear the Beard” Wilson came out in the 9th with three quick strikeouts to get the save and end the game.  Within about five minutes, seagulls descended out of nowhere onto the stands, eating all the leftover food and beer.  I have no idea where they came from or why they didn’t show up earlier.  I took a bunch of pictures, including one of the seagulls… they’re all below.  Baseball — it’s back!

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Giants 7, Rockies 0

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Because I didn’t feel like playing hooky for tomorrow’s day game, I opted to go to the second to last regular season game of the year tonight at AT&T Park.  And what a night it was… two homeruns, each extraordinary in their own way, Tony Bennett, a home team victory, and two foul balls in the row in front of me.  The latter events resulted in me being on TV (again), which I screen grabbed from the archived game on MLB.tv.  What makes it really impressive is that we were in the third deck.

That's me in the gray shirt behind two guys who caught foul balls tonight. We're all laughing at the guy in the red plaid shirt because he just tried to "fight" the guy on the left (with his wife) for the ball even though he already had one from two innings earlier.

But most people weren’t at the game to watch the people in front me catch foul balls. They were there to watch the Giants win a game… which they did in spectacular fashion.  Madison Bumgarner did much better than he did against the Twins (when he gave up 9 runs in the first) by pitching 7 shutout innings.  But it was the Giants offense that really shone.  In the 4th inning, Brandon Belt did something I had never seen in person — he hit a two-run splashdown homerun out of AT&T Park and into McCovey Cove, putting the Giants up.  And somehow that wasn’t even the most exciting homerun of the game.  In the 7th inning, with the Giants already up 5-0 and a runner on first, Conor Gillaspie hit a ball into the odd corner in center field known as Triples Alley.  Only he didn’t hit a triple.  He rounded third, slipped and fell, picked himself up, kept going, and still beat the throw to the plate for an inside-the-park homerun.

But the biggest celebrity at the ballpark wasn’t a ball player.  Tony Bennett, whose voice serenades AT&T Park after every Giants game singing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” was in attendance promoting his new Duets II album.  There was also a Tony Bennett bobblehead doll giveaway, but I didn’t realize this beforehand and wasn’t even close to early enough to get one.  I did, however, get a video of Bennett singing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch… so I will close my regular season baseball going experiences with that.