GIANTS 6 - REDS 5
The Uribe family has cemented their spot in Giants history.
Jose Uribe was a slick-fielding light-hitting Shortstop who spent 9 seasons with the Giants from 1985 through 1993 turning double plays with Robbie Thompson for their world series team in 1989 and was one of the most popular players on that Giants team. Jose's nephew, Juan Uribe, was signed as a utility player last season and was expected to be a "super-utility" guy who could fill in anywhere and spot start every so often as needed. Well that translated to 398 ABs in which he put up a .289 average and 16 HRs. This season he has been the Giants best run producer. He is on pace for 107 RBIs, he's got a .280 average, and he's already belted a team leading 8 HRs. He looks funny, plays ugly, but he is one of the more popular players on the team and he mans the SS slot, 3B slot, LF slot and will probably even pitch if you needed him to. Yes, the Uribes will be remembered by Giants fans for a long time.
Speaking of Juan Uribe, he had 4 RBIs in tonight's 6-5 victory over the Reds. Barry Zito pitched OK considering the Reds are the league's top run scoring team. He deserves to get the win for his bat as he opened the scoring in the game by blistering a 2 run single to left field. Zito left the game trailing but the Giants were able to bail him out on the second of Uribe's 2 run singles.
There are a lot of positives to take away from this game. Freddy Sanchez extended his hitting streak to 11 games, Buster Posey didn't look "lost" behind the plate, Juan Uribe's previously mentioned 4 RBIs, The Giants outscored the leagues highest scoring team, The team hit .500 with RISP by going 5 for 10, their bullpen shut the Reds out, and oh that Posey kid happened to get a hit for the 9th time in his first ten games. Two hits, as a matter of fact.
Down on the Farm:
Madison Bumgarner started tonight for Fresno so there is no way he will be pitching for the Giants on Thursday. He got the win despite struggling through 6 1/3 innings and giving up 5 runs. 3 of those runs came on a homer. John Bowker was 2 for 4 again and Mark DeRosa was not in the lineup. I wasn't able to find any info on how his wrist is doing, but at this point, it seems that the 3 for 4 day the other day may have just been a fluke.
Nate pinch hit in the 8th and struck out. He stayed in for the 9th and had no chances. It was a good thing that he came in and moved Torres to left because Torres made a grab that Pat Burrell would never make in a million years to rob Ramon Hernandez of extra bases. Aaron Rowand Raised his average to .225 and left 3 men on base tonight.
The Giants selected Cal State Fullerton's Gary Brown with the 24th selection in the first round of the draft. Baseball America said: "Gary Brown was hurt down the stretch and wasn't a consensus first-rounder. Some teams doubted his bat and feel for hitting. But he was 14th on BA's Top 200 with top-of-the-line speed and excellent defensive ability in center field, and Brown should be able to move quickly to San Francisco. He gives the Giants another position player prospect, an area the Giants have thrived in since John Barr took over as scouting director." A more detailed scouting report can be seen here.
Also, MLB Traderumors and Buster Olney are reporting that the Chicago White Sox are ready to deal. There are a bunch of intruiging guys on their roster but by far and away the best guy on their team is Paul Konerko. the Giants can trade anything in their system except Posey, Madbum, Sandoval, and any Starter (well they can take Wellemeyer, please!) They are loaded with quality arms and Konerko can play first while Posey catches and Huff plays in left.
Last, even though it's not really giants related there was a pretty good story on Jim Joyce that anybody who has followed the Armando Galarraga blown perfect game story at all HAS to read.