Well, I didn’t get to catch the game last night (a pretty rare occasion), but I heard the Giants’ bats showed up big time for the finale of this series against Cincinnati. With Buster resting on the bench, his teammates pounded 15 hits against an overmatched Reds’ pitching staff, including 5 from Hunter Pence! With Chad Gaudin, or as I like to call him, “The Renaissance Man” on the hill, I’m sure the Giants ran away with this one early. I mean, you just don’t beat a team who cranks out 15 hits in its own park, especially when that team just happens to be the defending world champ. Hang on just a second while I confirm the victory in the box score…
This is getting pretty serious, isn’t it?
Reds 8 Giants 3
The Reds took three of four from the Giants at AT&T Park, and six of seven for the season series. Gaudin got the same royal treatment as the rest of his rotation mates during the series. Five walks and some poor defense didn’t help his cause, but he got hit around pretty good in only 3.2 innings of work.
If you decided you couldn’t take this anymore and took shelter in a bunker somewhere in the Sierra Nevada’s, it might be safe to come out now, as I don’t think we’ll be seeing Joey Votto or Brandon Phillips again this season. On the other hand, Nate Schierholtz hit a home run and drove in the winning run last night in extras to help the Cubs win their series against Arizona. Nate is hitting .277 with 13 HR now, so maybe you might want to wait a few more days before you come back down.
About those 15 hits last night… 14 of them were singles, including all five of Pence’s. It’s pretty hard to win games when you can’t get any extra base hits. I was going to include some stats from Baggarly’s game and series recap last night, but I think it’s best if you just read it for yourself. Here’s a primer: The Reds beat up on the Giants this year, in historic and head-shake-worthy fashion. Give it a look, here.
The Giants are 7.5 games back of the Dodgers now, a season high (or is it a season low? I’m not really sure). Things are starting to get pretty bad. I know that things are getting pretty bad because every time Votto, Bruce, Frazier, Choo, Cosart, Mesoraco – ok, you get the point – launched another extra base hit, I found myself saying to no one in particular, “That’s fine, Bruce. That’s fine. Have all the hits you want. You still can’t take our rings… Nope, you still can’t take our rings… You still can’t…. ah, forget it.”