As I mentioned in yesterday's thread I went to this one. Had great seats in the first row behind the Giants dugout (you know they're good seats when you realize that's Orlando Cepeda sitting five seats over from you!).
Not many Pirate fans in attendance, to be sure, though I saw one guy in a '71 gold cap and Steelers 58 jersey (I could have sworn he was swilling an Iron as well). There is a general benign disdain for the Pirates by the average Giants fan, as though it's somehow beneath them to have to play such a bush league outfit; their true hatred, of course, is reserved for the Dodgers and somewhat less so for their other division rivals.
Nice to come up with a win, but it sure seems like we lucked out to get it, as the tying run would easily have scored if an INCREDIBLY stupid Giants fan hadn't interfered on that double (on a hit and run mind you- or "run and hit" as the Gunner would've called it) in the ninth. Gonzales, truthfully, gave it up and was the beneficiary of some big time good luck there.
Santos was very impressive. He was mixing it up really well. Great play by Sanchez and Casey on that pesky bunt attempt. Man were the Giants fans HOWLING about the call, but I thought it was a good one (I would, right? actually my Giants fan friend thought he got him too). Torres was lights out for the second night in a row. Interesting to notice that hardly any Giants fans seemed to remember him (though he is a big goat in their history).
The offense got just enough done, with Casey an unbelievable four for four (after a four for five the night before), and Bay's homer the decider. Really it wasn't enough offense, as it turned out, since the Giants really should have tied it in the ninth.
It was a nice ride on BART back to Oakland. In a car filled with baseball fans, I was the only one wearing a Pirates cap.