Giants make fans, seagulls happy by beating Rockies in 18 innings

first_imgThe gulls are so mad right.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 13, 2019Come to me, my sweet children— Josh (@GoldAndOrSmith) April 13, 2019In the spirit of not dragging out things further, a few quick points about the game:— Giants 38-year-old backup catcher Erik Kratz drove in the winning run on a fielder’s choice grounder in the bottom of the 18th — after being behind the plate for all 265 of his team’s pitches on the night.”I got a second wind there in the 17th inning,” Kratz joked to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Amy Gutierrez in a postgame interview.”When you’re not swinging it well, you have to be able to pick the guys up defensively,” Kratz added. He went 0 for 6 on Friday and is now 2 for 19 (.105) for the season.”For Kratzy, it was quite a game for him,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters in his postgame presser.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN — Nine Giants pitchers combined to strike out 24 Rockies batters. Fans in the right-field corner seats ran out of “K” cards after No. 21, so spectators stood in to represent 22, 23 and 24.They needed more K’s 😂😂😂😂😂— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) April 13, 2019— Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta struck out four times after entering the game in the ninth inning. “It’s hard . . . to get the (golden) sombrero when you didn’t start the game,” Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper said on the NBC Sports Bay Area telecast.— One guy who had it worse than Kratz behind the dish (and Iannetta at it) was plate umpire CB Bucknor. The much-maligned arbiter saw 503 pitches total (Colorado hurlers threw 238). He also made the right call in ruling Iannetta took his foot off the plate as he tried to complete a forceout of Brandon Belt, whose leadoff double in the 18th set up the winning rally. The seagulls that often feast at Oracle Park had some unexpected company Friday night — the Rockies, the Giants and a few thousand fans who stuck around to watch 18 innings of April baseball.The birds came upon the San Francisco marathon about an hour before it ended at 3:50 a.m. ET (12:50 a.m. PT) Saturday with the Giants victorious, 3-2. — Colorado scored both its runs in the fourth inning off Giants starter Drew Pomeranz. One of the runs came in on a balk.— The Giants are pretty good at this two-games-in-one thing:The Giants are now 7-1 in games lasting 18 innings or longer since 1908.— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) April 13, 2019— San Francisco pitcher Dereck Rodriguez pinch-hit, but Madison Bumgarner did not. Then again, Bumgarner is scheduled to start Saturday’s afternoon game (1:05 p.m. PT), so his availability was limited at best.last_img read more

Services celebrate victims

first_imgClark was in his fifth year in the Marching Virginians, which traveled to this small eastern Georgia town for the service at Lakeside High School, where Clark and his twin brother, Bryan, graduated in 2002. In Virginia, more than 1,800 people packed St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly for a service for Reema Samaha, who was killed while sitting in French class. A large photograph of Samaha, smiling and dressed in white, sat on an easel in front of the church’s altar. White flowers, including lilies, were placed nearby. Friends and family remembered the 18-year-old from Centreville, Va., as a dancer who loved movement and grace. EVANS, Ga. – About 100 members of the Virginia Tech marching band played in a memorial service Saturday for bandmate Ryan Clark, remembered as a gregarious young man who went to lengths to make fellow students feel included. Clark, a 22-year-old from Martinez, Ga., was one of the first victims of Seung-Hui Cho, the brooding loner who gunned down 32 people on campus and killed himself Monday. Hundreds of mourners packed the gymnasium at Clark’s former high school to hear rousing songs from his former bandmates and praise for the young man with a contagious laughter who engaged everyone. “That’s how Ryan was. He was the type of person that gave his all,” band director David McKee said. Lisa Samaha, a cousin from Lebanon, said, “Dance was her world, and she was our star.” A memorial service was also held Saturday in Virginia for Emily Hilscher, who was killed in the same dorm as Clark, a resident adviser. About 1,500 people filled the football field of Hilscher’s alma mater, Rappahannock County High School in Washington. The memorial was held outside on a warm spring day because Hilscher, 19, of Woodville, loved the outdoors and horseback riding. Several people came in riding outfits, and a hunting horn was played at the end of the service. Hilscher’s family described a woman with a strong will, a keen sense of fun and a maturity that made her a role model for the rest of her family. She taught her sister, Erica, to drive stick shift on her prized truck, staying with it even when her older sibling stalled in the middle of the road. “I admired her strength, her ability to be the rock,” Erica Hilscher said. And in Lincoln, R.I., about 100 people memorialized Daniel Patrick O’Neil, 22, a first-year graduate student in environmental engineering. “He lived life to its fullest, and we know that his spirit and his influence on his friends will stay with them throughout their lives,” his family said in a news release before the service. The Georgia gym was packed with people wearing maroon and orange ribbons, Virginia Tech’s colors, or green ones, Clark’s favorite color. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more