Is it possible to hate the team that you love?
I guess it is because I hate the Giants right now. After doing all that they could to give the game away to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, the Giants found a way to give a game to the Colorado Rockies.
Not every Giant was trying to give the game away. Jonathan Sanchez threw 8 innings of shutout ball, I'm not counting the run in the 9th as earned even though the official scorer did, walked Dexter Fowler to lead off the 9th and was replaced by Brian Wilson.
Let's analyze this right here. Johnny No-No had thrown 108 pitches and, after getting ahead 0-2 to Fowler, he suddenly lost his command throwing 4 wide ones. Bochy was absolutely right in pulling Sanchez at this point and bringing in Wilson. Sure Wilson threw 30 pitches yesterday but Wilson was good for an inning tonight.
Wilson got Carlos Gonzalez to line out to Cody Ross....At least, that's what everyone thought. Ross played Gonzalez's liner into a triple and to make matters worse, Freddy Sanchez sent the relay throw into the Giants' dugout allowing Gonzalez to score.
I have 2 complaints about this game.
Why wasn't Nate Schierholtz manning rightfield? The only reason, that I can see, that he is even on the roster is as a late inning defensive replacement. Isn't that what you want in a late inning game? Boch, in his infinite wisdom, put Travis Ishikawa in at first base as a defensive replacement, which was absolutely the right move. Why not put in Nate? He would have thrown the ball all the way to third on the fly and we probably would be watching extra innings right now.
The Giants bats. It doesn't matter who they throw out there, how many runs they scored against the Reds, or how many runs they scored against the D-backs yesterday. This team has a tendency to just go in a top to bottom funk when it comes to hitting and it happens a LOT. Especially when Sanchez is on the mound and pitching well, look at the two 1-0 losses to the Padres that he took earlier this year. I'm not saying that they need to score 10 runs every night, I am just saying they need to score more than 1 or 2 runs a lot more.
The game recap on SFGiants.com is titled: Chance to gain ground slips by Giants. This is actually incorrect because the Giants have had 5 chances in a row to gain ground on the Padres and they are just 1-4 in those games.
Do these Giants really want to play in the postseason?
Following up on yesterday's post about the 2009 Giants and the 2010 team. It looks as if the 2010 Giants are trying to keep their record identical to last year's squad. Both teams own 72-60 records after 132 games. good thing is the 2009 Giants won game 133!
Down on the farm:
Brandon Belt 4-6, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
See you on Wednesday Mr. Belt. you can take that seat right next to Nate Schierholtz on the bench.