The Giants finished their long 10-game road trip (4-6). And yet managed to lose only one game in the standings to the first place Diamondbacks. And they actually won more games on this trip than their last home stand (3-7). Their last home victory was Aug. 9th (Grateful Dead Night) v. the Pirates. It was the game Chris Stewart tied Duane Kuiper on the All-Time HR list with one!
On the road, the Giants won the series in Florida (2-1) and lost the series in Atlanta (1-3) and in Houston (1-2). Along the way, there were some good, bad, ugly and strange moments. Let’s start with the strange.
Have you ever seen MLB at bat like the one Santiago Casilla had in Florida? He went up there standing almost in Dade County. Had no intention of swinging And yet Marlin pitcher (Jose Ceda) couldn’t even throw a single strike. So on four pitches Casilla walks! Honorable mention: In the Houston finale, the Giants got their lead-off runner on almost every inning and didn’t score. So when Cody Ross made an out to lead-off the 11th you knew the Giants were going to put some runs on the board. And they did… thanks to Pablo’s two-out, two-run JACK!
Brandon Belt! The “awkward one” hits two HRs in Miami on Sunday (8-14). And he crushes a three-run HR in Houston the following Sunday (8-21) to go along with four hits. This kid can rake and needs to be in the lineup everyday (even against lefties). You got that BOCHY! Honorable mention: The back-to-back starts of Cain and Lincecum in Atlanta. Two stellar starts, with only one “W” to show for it. Also, Matt Cain’s haircut… looking sharp and pitching sharp! And Pablo’s 11th inning 2-run shot erased a lot of bad situational baseball by the Giants with one sweet swing!
During the trip five players went on the disabled list and six other missed time with injuries: Disabled list: Andres Torres (leg contusion); Sergio Romo (elbow inflammation); Carlos Beltran (hand strain); Eli Whiteside (concussion); Brian Wilson (elbow strain) Also injured: Nate Schierholtz (foot contusion); Aaron Rowand (intercostal strain); Jeff Keppinger (hand strain); Orlando Cabrera (groin strain); Jonathan Sanchez (ankle sprain); Pablo Sandoval (shoulder inflammation, foot contusion)
The Ugly & Good
In the 9th inning on Sunday in Houston Jeremy Affeldt pitched himself into big trouble by allowing the Astros to load the bases without giving up a hit (2-Ws 1-HBP). And the Giants chances were hanging by the seam on a baseball. However, he then pitched himself out of trouble and saved the day by getting the super-hot J.D. Martinez to strike out looking with the bases loaded and Carlos Lee to fly out. Amen! Honorable mention: Pablo knocking down Chris Stewart’s errant pick-off attempt at third base with his chest. No ole bullshit there! If that ball gets by the Panda it would have been game over.
And now the Giants play 18 of their next 21 games at home. Plus, the only team they play with a winning record is the D-Backs (six times). So it’s all there for the taking. But something tells me it’s going to be torture! Go Giants Go!