Night and Day
Beauty and Sadness
Give and Take
Many synonyms for balance or conflict. Depending on which side you're on, last night's NLDS Game 5 was really something. Though I'm just a San Francisco Giants fan, I couldn't pull myself away from the last hour of the St Louis Cardinals at the Washington Nationals long enough to make a quick dinner.
The score was Washington 7-St Louis 5 at the top of the ninth. Nationals' reliever Drew Storen came in to close the game for the win. The first batter he faced, Carlos Beltran quickly hit a double. Storen retired the next two batters, bam, bam.
Five times in the 9th Storen and the Nationals were one strike from winning a berth in the National League Championship Series. He walked catcher Yadier Molina (yes, ex-Giant catcher Bengie Molina's brother)
Storen walked the next batter, third baseman David Freese...bases loaded, two outs.
The next batter, second baseman Daniel Descalso hits the first pitch sharply to shortstop scoring Beltran and Adron Chambers pinch running for Molina. Game tied 7-7 still 2 outs!
Once again Storen takes the batter Pete Kozma to 2 strikes. This is familiar territory to Giants' fans...we named it "Torture" in 2012.
On the fifth pitch, Kozma singles in Freese and Descalso. Cards 9-7
What a roller coaster ride in Nationals Park. Extreme highs to extreme lows in the same inning. I still feel it twelve hours later...and I'm not a fan of either team.
As a result, my Giants have the home field advantage. The last two World Series Champions will battle for the National League Championship and a World Series berth beginning Sunday at AT&T Park.
One Pitcher's Park...AT&T Park, One Hitter's Park...Busch Stadium. I think I see torture on the horizon.