Going Large in Miami

With Buster Posey on the bench, the Giants finally unleashed the offense, and held on to win a long, furious game in Miami. They did it against a good young pitcher in Nathan Eovaldi, a hard-throwing righty who overpowered them in San Francisco back on June 23. Things didn’t go so well for Eovaldi this time around, however, as the Giants’ middle of the order led the way for the second game in a row. In all, the orange and black pounded 19 hits, including 4 doubles, 3 triples and another home run from Hector Sanchez. They scored 14 runs, which they would need on a night when Chad Gaudin couldn’t make it through the 5th inning. The Giants needed a night like this to drive away the bad vibes of the past few months.

Thoughts:

Brandon Belt has completely turned his season around since adjusting his grip on the bat. His 4-hit night yesterday extended his hitting streak to 11 games and raised his batting average to .431 for the month of August. The same guy who was sat down three weeks ago because his struggles had put him in such a funk is now the Giants’ hottest hitter. He’s also got an .842 OPS and 15 HR for the season. Pretty impressive stuff from the young 1B lately. We’ve seen these prolonged hot streaks from Belt lately, so I’ll be interested to see what happens when his bat cools back off. Hopefully he’s turned a corner.

Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval combined for 7 hits (4 XBH) and 8 RBI yesterday. Pence is hitting .359 over the last month, but without a single home run. If he can hit for extra bases like he did last night, the home run power isn’t a huge deal. But I’d like to hope he’d regain some of that pop before season’s end.

Sandoval really couldn’t sink much lower at the plate, but it’s still nice to see him swinging the bat well again. He’s 9 for his last 18, including a 4-4 last night. Still no home runs for the Panda lately either, but for right now, he just needs to keep building confidence. I truly thought Sandoval would be a 30-homer guy this year, but he’s fallen far short of expectations. Next year could be his last in a Giant uniform, so we’re really going to need some steady production from him if we want to compete again. I think he’s got it in him, but there’s really no way to predict how he’ll look come March.

The Giants finally found their bats… and it felt amazing. That’s how you’re supposed to hit the worst team in the National League. Now let’s just hope they saved some offense for tonight.

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