The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves colud’ve played a game every day for the rest of my life and I wouldn’t have complained. Actually, on second thought, it may have become boring watching the same two teams constantly playing, plus I’m already starting to get annoyed with Brian Wilson’s mohawk and beard. Either way, the series is wrapped up, as the Giants won 3-2 last night in Game 4 to take it.
Before I get into the details, I should note this game either started an hour early or I’m operating on Cosmo Kramer daylight savings time, because when I tuned in for the first pitch at 8:37, they were already in the fourth inning and Atlanta led 1-0. I was just in time for the start of the excitement, though — Cody Ross hit a solo homer to tie it for the Giants in the sixth off Derek Lowe, and Brian McCann followed a half inning later with a shot to right off Mason Bumgarner to restore Atlanta’s lead. San Francisco answered with a pair in the seventh though, with the first cashing on a Juan Uribe fielder’s choice that went for an error when Atlanta shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s throw pulled Omar Infante off second base, at least according to the league’s savvy umpiring crew (replays showed Infante’s foot on the bag). After a the second out, Ross singled home Buster Posey with the winner.
Aside from sending the Giants to the second round, the game also sent Atlanta manager Bobby Cox into retirement after a 25-year run with the team that began as general manager in 1985 (he began managing in 1990). In a nice display, San Francisco’s post-game on-field celebration took a pause to honour to old fella, who briefly came to tip his cap before riding off into the sunset. Unbelievable to think of it, but Cox was managing the Braves way back when the Jays played them in the ’92 World Series and went on to lead Atlanta to 13 playoff appearances in the 18 years since, compared to our one appearance (to our credit, and perhaps Atlanta’s discredit, we’ve won as many championships over that time, though). Pretty, pretty impressive stuff.
Anyway, that finishes off the most competitive of the first round matchups, with each game having been decided by a single run. The Giants are on to face the Phillies in the NLCS, with an epic Tim Lincecum-Roy Halladay matchup set for Game 1 on Saturday. Before that happens, though, the Rays and Rangers play tonight in Tampa Bay for a shot to face the Yankees in the ALCS.