In a game on paper that should have gone to the Giants just looking at the starting pitchers, the Giants lose again. Noah Lowry started off the game struggling with his location, but did a great job hanging in there. I was actually really proud of the job he did today even though he didn’t have his best stuff. He struggled most of the day, but still managed to get outs.
Bonds continued to hit poorly and looked noticeably uncomfortable in the box with his swing. His timing is off and he’s been late on balls. He got a few pitches today that I’ve seen him crush in the past that he just turned over or popped up. Pedro Gomez after the game made several comments that time may be catching up to Barry, blah, blah, blah. I’m not buying it! I’m getting quite sick of all the baseball analysts using his age as an excuse every time Barry looks like he’s struggling a bit. He’s just going through a slump guys, get over it. Bonds is 0-20 in his last 20 at-bats.
It was such a sad day however when a friend of mine who is a HUGE Dodgers fan called to remind me of the win streak they hold over us at home. The sweep over the weekend moves the streak to 11 consecutive losses to the Dodgers at AT&T park. It’s pretty pathetic. The next time the Giants have a chance to redeem themselves will be on September 7th when the Dodgers come back to town for their last series in San Francisco this season.
Fast forward to the 8th inning…the Giants are down 7-2, bases loaded, two outs, and Randy Winn at the plate. He fouls one hard off his right foot, and is noticeably hurt. I thought he was going to have to come out of the game he was limping around so bad. He slowly stepped back into the box, and sent the next pitch of the game into the first row of the stands in right field for a grand slam, bringing the team within one run! He triumphantly limped around the bases and took himself out of the game. The only thing missing was the fist pump around first base. It was truly a great moment, one of the best all season.
The very next inning the Giants looked like they were done for with Bonds at second, two outs and Pedro Feliz at the plate. I was sure we were packing it up and going home, as I’ve seen him let us down time after time for the past several seasons. But no, he pulled through with a base hit up the middle sending the game into extra innings. The excitement in the ballpark was nuts as fans began to chant louder and louder, “Beat L.A., Beat L.A.”
The excitement was a little preemptive however, as the Giants went on to lose the game in the 12th inning as Patrick Misch gave up the winning run. It looks like he could get sent back down with Ortiz and Sanchez just about ready to get back from rehab stints in the minors.
It’s a disappointing loss to the Dodgers, one I won’t forget for a while now. It secures the series win for them with one game left. I hate the Dodgers! Tomorrow’s matchup features lefty Noah Lowry (9-6) vs. ex Giant Bret Tomko (1-7). This should be an automatic victory for the San Francisco Giants as it’s a disgrace to the game that Tomko is even pitching at this level still.
The San Francisco Giants had a lot of things to say over All-Star weekend about how they were going to turn it around the second half and come out with a fury. After the first night against their hated rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, they looked like they were ready to pack it up for the season. The Giants lost 9-1 on a night that seemed like they had all been enjoying the festivities a little too much!
Matt Cain got the start, took the mound, and gave the Giants another quality start on his way to another tough luck loss. I feel bad for the kid as his team has given him very little run support this season. In fact, they have only scored more than two runs in six of his eighteen starts this season. But as usual, Cain blamed the loss on himself, stating that he should have been putting batters away. He did a pretty good job of that only giving up seven singles in the whole game, many of which were little bloopers that fell in front of the outfielders.
There were very few chants of “Beat L.A.” as the Giants fell to 38 – 49 on the season. It was their ninth straight loss to the Dodgers at AT&T Park, extending their winless streak at home stretching back to August of last year. A couple of bright spots came defensively however, when Dave Roberts threw out Rafael Furcal at third on a play where he got caught between bags trying to squeeze in another base as Andre Ethier scored from second. Also, Omar Vizquel made a great catch on a ball that should have been a bloop base hit behind short that he somehow snagged looking straight up over his head. He’s definitely the greatest shortstop of all time! No offense Ozzie Smith…
The San Francisco Giants finished the first half with a miserable 38 – 48 record, 10 games below .500. The Giants have had a dismal year at the plate and it has cost them dearly. At the end of the first half they don’t have a single starter who has a batting average above .300. It’s been simply pathetic for all Giants fans this year who have, like me, watched almost every game this season. It’s been one of those years.
You have to think that at some point they will turn it around and get hot. But with the old guys that they have, you can’t exactly bank on them having stellar performances the second half of the year when the season gets long and hard for seasoned ball players. Most of the players on the team this year have sub .250 batting averages. Wow!!!
There are a few bright spots for the Giants however this season. Their starting pitching has been stellar! I love watching their rotation this year. With Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Matt Morris, Noah Lowry, and Tim Lincecum they have a chance to win every night. The Giants starters have the second lowest ERA in the National League at the half. Very impressive. Just imagine where we would be if we could get on base…
The Giants kick off the start of the second half with a three game series against their rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Booooo!!! I can hear the chants of “Beat L.A.” already! Let it be known, that I hate the Dodgers. There is nothing worse in this world than them. In fact, it’s a joke with some of my buddies that when the Giants win and the Dodgers lose it’s a GOOD day in baseball. Throw in the Yankees losing too and it’s a GREAT day!
Make sure to get out to the park and root our boys on as the good vs. evil series begins. I hope Barry Bonds puts a few in McCovey Cove just to let them hear us all chear him on!