GIANTS 6 - NATIONALS 2
The Buster Posey show continued today. Madison Bumgarner ran his scoreless innings streak to 15, and Travis Ishikawa was the only Giants with multiple hits to go along with his 3 RBIs.
The kids are starting to take this team over.
Going into the break I believe that Bruce Bochy has found his best lineup. When Torres returns, and that should be the first game right after the break, Bochy should throw out the lineup of Torres, Sanchez, Huff, Posey, Ishikawa, Uribe, Sandoval, and Shierholtz. If he throws that lineup out day in and day out, and resists the temptation to tinker, the offense should be OK.
The young guys have pretty much gone out and taken over this team. Specifically Posey, Ishikawa, and Bumgarner. They have been the biggest contributors, along with Aubrey Huff, to the Giants offense on this roadtrip.
Buster Posey has easily become the offensive leader of this team. He carried the team on his shoulders during the roadtrip having gone 20-40 with 6 HRs and 15 RBIs. Ishikawa has been a nice compliment to Posey while having hit in eight of his last nine games with a .429 average (12-for-28) during that stretch, which includes one homer and 11 RBIs.
Now one would think that any major league manager would go with what has been his most productive ineup of the season coming out of the break. But this is Bruce Bochy who looks for any way to get struggling vets like Aaron Rowand, Bengie Molina (before he was traded), and Edgar Renteria.
I do have to give him some credit for actually working Nate Schierholtz into the lineup the last two days. nate repaid that faith by hitting a double and driving in a run in yesterday's game.
Link of the day.
Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury news reports that Giants management had a sitdown with Pablo Sandoval after yesterday's game. Nobody has expected Pablo to struggle as much as he has this season and we are all waiting for him to turn it around.
The key to remember with Pablo is that he is 23 years old and he is still contributing defensively. I don't think the Giants have anybody that they could replace him with if they wanted to. Baggarly also points out that Pablo is one good season away from millions of dollars as he is currently making just over the league minimum.