I’m writing this from the media room at Staples Center. I caught innings two through five in my hotel room, but MLBTV didn’t agree with the internet at the arena (plus, I ended up talking about the most and least attractive NBA players with Ethan Sherwood Strauss and a host of others — don’t ask).
How about those Giants? It’s tough enough to write a recap and shed light on new information after watching the same game everyone else saw. After only watching half the game, I’m putting myself at risk of looking like a complete idiot. But it doesn’t take Peter Gammons or Jeff Sullivan to notice that the Giants have hit a ridiculous number of home runs this season (relatively speaking).
Three today, all solo shots, on top of the two solo homers they hit yesterday. It added up to five total runs and, most importantly, two wins in Atlanta. It helped that Giants pitchers have combined to allow just two runs over the first 18 innings of their road trip, too. What’s got to be a little worrisome for the rest of the division is that Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong, two guys who came into this year with a ton of question marks that they didn’t exactly answer in April — or at least they didn’t provide answers Giants fans wanted to hear — did exactly what you want your back-of-the-rotation starters to do. They both went six innings and walked a bunch of guys, but the Giants will take six innings and one run allowed every time.
Vogelsong looked like he was in danger of giving up a lot more than he did in the third inning, but with a run already in and runners on first and third with no out, Vogelsong struck out Justin Upton. Then he struck out Evan Gattis as Freddie Freeman attempted to steal second, Posey fired a strike of his own — inning over.
Posey came through with one of the team’s trio of home runs the very next inning to give San Francisco a 2-1 lead; Brandon Belt had already hit his eighth dinger of the season in the second inning. Michael Morse, who at this rate might get Pablo Sandoval’s desired extension by Tuesday, wasted little time re-tying Belt for the team lead with his eighth homer in the seventh inning.
Then, ho-hum, the Giants’ bullpen came through with a few more scoreless innings and Brandon Crawford apparently did a 360 or something on yet another outstanding defensive play late in the game. Sorry, I was eating tacos in the media room and following the game online while all that was going on.
So let’s just end this now before I embarrass myself further with shoddy secondhand reporting (although I did watch the third inning sequence I described earlier, as well as Belt’s and Posey’s home runs). The Giants are hitting the long ball, they’ve given up 15 runs in eight games since their series at Coors, and they’re having fun. Case in point: Tim Lincecum messing around with the umpires while sporting spectacles and a fake boiler. (GIF via @gidget)
Now it’s time to watch Game 7 …