Jonathan Sanchez committed the sin of giving up a run to the Oakland A’s in the second inning on Jack Cust’s homer.
Joe Blanton was perfect through the first three innings, and the Giants were on their way to another 4-1 loss (or something similar).
Then in the fourth inning Bengie Molina doubled in Ray Durham (Can you believe Molina has 18 doubles this year? Does that mean if he had the speed of a normal two-legged human he’d have like a dozen triples by now?). Then Rowand knocked Molina in with a double.
Cue the floodgates.
The Giants took out a lot of frustration today in their 11-1 win, capped by a two-run homer from Rich Aurilia in the seventh inning. It was a cathartic game for the Giants, whose worries this weekend evolved from “How dare the A’s PR staff make fun of us!” to “Is Sergio Romo’s mustache as thick and lustrous as Jason Giambi’s?”
The offensive outburst from San Francisco takes attention away from another outstanding effort from Jonathan Sanchez (only one walk!). Sanchez had six strikeouts to move into the top five in the National League with 102 this season, and he’s 8-4.
Right now Sanchez is going through another extremely awkward interview with Amy G. Amy seems nice, so I feel kind of bad saying this, but my guess is she gets dropped as the Giants sideline reporter after this season like Cammie Blackstone did after last year. Question: what gets more unnecessary camera time during Giants broadcasts — Amy G. or those stupid Hulk-fists/beer-holders?
-In case you’re wondering, Omar Vizquel went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .156. Soon he’s going to get to the point where an 0-for-4 day raises his average.
-Emmanuel Burriss replaced Ray Durham at second base and went 1-for-2. He’s hitting .292, and Vizquel’s on borrowed time.
-Joe Blanton is 4-11 … OK, I’ll say it. That’s has the same record Barry Zito hopes to achieve after his start tomorrow night against the Cubs.
-Jonathan Sanchez had a great June: 5-1, 3.10 ERA, 1.18 WHIP. And that includes getting lit up for 7 earned runs in 5 innings at Colorado on June 12.