GIANTS 5 - CUBS 4
You see the Giants offense put up 3 runs in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs and you start to think good things are going to happen.
But, keeping in line with the torture theme of the 2010 Giants, they had to make it interesting.
The Cubs actually managed to tie the game twice before 2 ex-Philadelphia Phillies decided to step up and show San Francisco that they can hit HRs somewhere other than the bandbox that the Phillies play in.
Aaron Rowand, the man who makes Giants fans blood boil every time his name is inserted in the starting lineup, hit a solo homer in the 6th to put the Giants up 4-3. After Zito gave up a game tying homerun to Tyler Colvin in the 7th inning, Pat "The Bat" Burrell came up in the 8th inning and put the Giants ahead for good with a solo homer.
Pat Burrell is the latest in the long line of players who have taken their turn carrying this club. From Pablo Sandoval, you probably forgot just how hot he was in April, to Juan Uribe, Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Buster Posey, and now Pat The Bat. This is the biggest difference between last year's Giants and this year's Giants. Last season it was all pretty much Pablo Sandoval and this year it has been pretty much a different guy every night. Hell, even Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria have come through in the clutch a few times this season.
Oh and don't look now but Pablo Sandoval has hit in 5 consecutive games and has a .421 average during those contests. That's all I'm saying about him.
Lastly, the Giants made a trade.
No, not an exciting trade but a trade that was necessary all the same thanks to the frailness of Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria.
In keeping with their tradition of saving on airfare costs by trading for a guy on the current visiting team, ala Freddy Sanchez last season, the Giants made a deal for Cubs utilityman Mike Fontenot. All they gave up for him was an unspectacular A baller named Evan Crawford. Bay City Ball has a pretty good breakdown of the deal but the Giants basically got a utilityman for a prospect who is, at best, a veeery long way away from the majors if he ever gets there.
One last note:
John Bowker is 12 for 24 since joining the Pirates AAA club. I can't remember where I read it, probably on Twitter, but this lead another Giants Blogger to dub him a "AAA Hall of Famer". lol.
Link of the day:
I gotta give credit to the Dodgerhater as the source for this link, but it seems that Mike Fontenot has sort of a claim to fame. As the guy who was rumored to be romantically involved with Transformers hottie Megan Fox. Who knows maybe those were Megan's panties. Follow the link to get a chuckle.