Our San Francisco Giants completed a perfect 6-game homestand today as they beat the Diamonbacks 3-2. That is 6 wins in a row, 2 sweeps, against division rivals. Over the last weekend, the G-Men beat the Rockies 4-3, 3-2 and 3-0 and followed it up with 3 more wins against the visitors from Arizona, all three by one run (1-0, 4-3, 3-2).
The Giants got back to their winning formula on the homestand: pitching, timely hitting and great managing from skipper Bruce Bochy. Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory was Bochy at his best. After an 8 inning, 9K, 4 hit performance from Tim Lincecum, Bochy pinch-ran for Posey after the catcher walked, with fast-like-a-nascar Darren Ford. Ford then stole second and was eventually driven in by a heating-up Cody Ross on a walk-off frozen rope down the third base line.
Wednesday night was College Night at AT&T Park and the home team did not disappoint the crowd. After trailing 3-0, the Giants mounted a great comeback capped by an RBI ground-rule double from Andres Torres in the 6th inning. Miguel Tejada added an RBI on a 3-4 day from the plate, which had to have put a smile on Miggy’s face. Brian Wilson made things interesting in the 9th, but was able to hold onto the lead for his 12th save of the year.
Today the Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 victory over Daniel Hudson. Nate Schierholtz continued to prove his worth and makes Bochy’s job harder as he went 3-4 with an RBI and had an assist on defense. He is making a case for more playing time and I really hope the Giants hang out to the versatile and athletic outfielder from Reno, Nevada. Matt Cain got the W for the Giants, going 7.2 innings while giving up 2 runs and striking out 7 hitters. Javier Lopez got his first save of the season as he continues to provide consistent and dominant performances from the bullpen.
-The Giants are now 21-16 overall and currently sit atop of the NL West by a half game (.5) over the Colorado Rockies. We are 8-2 in our last ten and getting back to our winning formula of last year’s magical season.
-Javier Lopez–>The RP is 1-0, with 1 save and a 0.59 ERA. The lefty from San Juan, Puerto Rico should definitely get some All-Star looks as he continues to take the NL by storm.
-Andres Torres–>The do-it-all centerfielder went 4-10 with a 2B and 2 RBIs against the D’Backs. It is great to have him back in the leadoff role, which can take some pressure off of Aaron Rowand. It also gives us a lot of depth in the outfield. It will be interesting to see what happens when/if Brandon Belt returns to the squad.
-Cody Ross is Boss–>Ross went 6-16 on the homestand with a HR, 2 2Bs and 4 RBIs. The Boss is swinging well and bringing some much needed offense and defense to our outfield.
-Only negative for now is the difficult time that Bochy is going to have making roster decisions. Torres, Ross, Burrell, Schierholtz, Rowand are all viable options in the OF, while Fontenot continues to prove his worth over Tejada at the SS position. When Panda and Belt return to the squad, Bochy will have a lot of decision making to do. If Belt is thrown into the fire at 1B, Huff will find himself competing for time in the OF. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Giants move Burrell, Rowand or Schierholtz for an upgrade at SS. Also, when Zito returns, he might find himself in the bullpen. His replacement, Ryan Vogelsong, is 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA and the Giants have won all four of his starts.
Next up, the Giants travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs (16-20).