It doesn’t matter if it’s checkers, “MLB The Show ’16”, a game seven in the NLCS or a preseason game, beating the San Francisco Giants just feels good. Doing so on a day where the Lakers successfully complete the upset of the century is just icing on the cake.
Let’s take a look at the big plays that made today’s victory possible.
First, Carl Crawford (!) got the scoring started with a single into right field. I use the exclamation point because Crawford has been the object of much bemuse among the fan base due mostly to his contract. If he can live up to, say, half of it this year, the season will be a success.
Then, he doubles his RBI production with a line drive that just squeaked through the Giants’ outfield.
With Crawford standing on third, Yasiel Puig drove a flyball to left, scoring the former on a sacrifice.
Finally, Rico Noel ends the game on a diving catch he couldn’t help but laugh about. Okay, maybe he made the play a little harder on himself with a swerving route to the ball. Still counts!
Not shown: Charlie Culberson’s continued dominance in spring training play thus far. I may or may not intend to name my first-born son “Charlie Culberson Irwin”. Just don’t tell my wife.