The Giants have advanced to the Championship game tonight but it wasn’t an easy win. The Giants were down 5 to 3 after allowing another run in the top of the 6th and final inning of the game. I don’t know why it is, but this team likes drama and they wait until the 5th or 6th innings before getting their hits in. A single by Wes and an intentional walk to John plus a wild pitch puts runners on second and third with Daniel at bat and no outs. Daniel hits the ball sharply to the pitcher who looks Wes back at third then turns and throws to first. Wes brakes for home and John heads to third. The out is recorded at 1st then they throw home. Wes is safe as the ball rolls away from the catcher. John sees this and heads for home. The pitcher heads for home to cover and John slides in safe to tie the game at 5 in the bottom of the 6th.
Extra innings saw little action on the bases but what it allowed was for the Giants to get to the top of their order in the bottom of the 8th and Brando walked. He then stole second, stole third and finally stole home on wild pitches winning the game in dramatic fashion. The Giants never give up and never quit. They live to see another day.
That day is today and the first of what we hope will be two Championship games. The Giants have to face a fresh Diamondbacks squad who coming through the winners bracket have only played one game this week and have no real pitching issues. Due to little league rules, playing three games already including the extra innings we played last night, we have the use of Wes or Daniel for four innings and then we will be forced to use a player that has never pitched before. This will be a tough game for the Giants but that’s why you play the game. You never know what will happen on any given day. If the Giants win tonight then we will have a rematch of tonight’s game Monday night as the Diamondbacks have not lost a game yet and you must lose two to be eliminated. If the Giants lose tonight then the tournament ends with the Diamondbacks winning the Championship and the Giants taking second.
Let’s play the game and see what happens. 7:00 PM is first pitch. Let’s Go Giants!!!