Who were those guys, anyway?
Matt Cain is supposed to be the dependable shutdown starter for the Giants. Instead, he labored through six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.
Since the Giants have given Cain an average of 3.67 runs of support over his career, giving up four runs is supposed to be a sure loss for Cain. But the Giants gave him five runs of support, then added two more for insurance.
The Giants scored seven runs, the first time they’ve scored more than five in a home game all season.
And finally, one day after striking out 11 times with no walks, the Giants walked a nine times and only whiffed twice (and one of those was by Cain). Yes, on Tuesday, the Giants walked 10 times, but struck out 11.
So again, we ask: Who were those guys?
- Gregor Blanco continúes to perform well in the leadoff spot, drawing two walks. (A leadoff batter who takes pitches and draws walks? Who’s heard of such a thing? Not Giants fans who have endured the likes of Andres Torres, Aaron Rowand and even Cody Ross in the leadoff spot).
- Brandon Crawford, hitting in the No. 2 hole, went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.
- Buster Posey went 2 for 4 with a walk. His average is back up to .302.
- Angel Pagan walked THREE times and went 1 for 2. Don’t look now but his average is up to .296.
- Brandon Belt went 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk.
Every Giant position player got a hit or drew a walk …. except for Charlie Culberson.
Yes the Giants were aided by some bumbling in the field by the Cardinals. But the Giants put themselves in position to take advantage of those errors by putting runners on base.
Did somebody talk to the Giants hitters about being more patient, more selective?
Did they finally listen?
I don’t know the answers to those questions, but I like the results. Let’s see if they can keep it up.
Barry Zito, who now with Cain’s rough outing, leads Giants starters in ERA (2.35) will face the Oakland A’s and rookie Jarrod Parker at 7:15 p.m. Friday in the first leg of the Bay Bridge series. Ryan Vogelsong meets Tyson Ross on Saturday; and Tim Lincecum faces Bartolo Colon on Sunday.