There's an unwritten rule among the guys I shoot baseball with: "DO NOT MENTION EXTRA INNINGS OR ELSE THE GAME WILL GO INTO EXTRA INNINGS!" AP photographer Ben Margot broke this rule last year at an A's game, and sure enough we were treated to a few extra frames. And sure enough, after the Giants tied Monday night's game with the Nationals at 4-4, Ben tempted fate again by speculating about different scenarios that would break the tie and avoid extra innings, a huge no-no. And just then, Giants CF Andres Torres got thrown out at home, ending the Giants best chance to win during regulation.
The game went 13 innings and covered 4 hours 29 minutes. Between the 12th and 13th innings, Ben got a picture of my "I'm tired, hungry, thirsty and need to use the restroom" face:
Tim Lincecum started for the Giants, and usually that means a quick game as Timmy works fast, throws strikes, and doesn't give up many hits. He recorded his 1000th career strikeout, but also gave up 4 runs in 5 innings.
Jayson Werth has been struggling since signing a huge free agent contract, and went 0-5 with two strikeouts and left six runners on base. He was less than pleased.
Cody Ross got rid of his bat another way:
I wish I could have heard this conversation, Sean Burnett had just given up a two-run single to Aubrey Huff, the only batter that he faced. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was on the way to the mound to replace him, yet he was laughing like he was on nitrous:
Speaking of Huff, there's literally no one the Giants would want sliding into home to beat a throw less than him, yet Huff managed to get around the tag from Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez:
Rodriguez is 39 years old, but it looks like he still has the fire:
Miguel Tejada heads to the plate to the sounds of "Hey Mickey" by Toni Basil. Questionable. Here he made a nice play barehanded:
And as I was contemplating knocking myself out, Freddy Sanchez knocked a single scoring Chris Stewart from third and ending the game: