Is there a chance the San Francisco Giants exhausted all the considerable good will in their unexpected run to the 2010 World Series title? Are the injuries mounting and bullpen collapses because of some great shift in universal karma, leaving the delightful men in orange on the outside looking in come playoff time?
Consider the 9th inning of their game last night against the Braves. Up 7-0 after masterful pitcher performance by the aforementioned Cain, the outcome no longer seems in doubt. Until the Baseball Gods (dressed as the only living members of the ravaged Giants bullpen) had their say.
- Freddie Freeman singled to right (Grounder).
- Chipper Jones flied out to right (Fly).
- Freddie Freeman advanced on a wild pitch to 2B.
- Brooks Conrad walked.
- Julio Lugo reached on fielder’s choice to second (Grounder). Freddie Freeman advanced to 3B. Brooks Conrad out at second.
- Julio Lugo advanced on defensive indifference to 2B.
- Jason Heyward singled to left (Grounder). Freddie Freeman scored. Julio Lugo advanced to 3B.
- Michael Bourn reached on error to shortstop (Fliner (Fly)). Julio Lugo scored on error. Jason Heyward advanced to 2B on error. Error by Orlando Cabrera.
- Martin Prado doubled to center (Fliner (Fly)). Jason Heyward scored. Michael Bourn scored.
- Brian McCann struck out swinging.
The Giants won the battle but may have lost the war. An ugly 9th inning punctuated by an error committed by Proven Winner Orlando Cabrera.
Are the injuries finally too much for the Giants to overcome or is this team buckling under the strain of playing too many really-not-that-good baseball players? The answer is obvious: this is a Belt-related karmic correction. There will be Hell to pay, Bochy. Hell to pay!