Little River, CA
I’ve decided I’m going to include datelines when I write stuff in towns other than San Francisco. I might stick with it, I might not.
Bruce Bochy might stick with this lineup for a while.
Joe Panik went 4-for-6 in the “two-hole,” as Bochy likes to call it, and the Giants collected 15 hits from other players. Throw in an at-bat from George Kontos, and you know it was a good night for a team that looks suspiciously close to getting on a roll of sorts.
The Giants routed the Brewers on Friday night 13-2, besting their previous best margin of victory (a 9-0 win over the Mets on Aug. 3) this season. Buster Posey went 5-for-5, and I’m pretty sure he played catcher. Yes, yes, he caught for six innings before calling it a night. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence each had three hits.
Beating teams that still care about the 2014 Major League Baseball season hasn’t been the Giants’ strong suit, but after their fourth straight win and three straight losses by the Brewers and Cardinals, the Giants are first in the wild card race. They’re only a game behind the Brewers and 3.5 behind the Dodgers, who lost 3-2 to the Padres in 11 innings.
This season is so weird.
The Giants had scored over 10 runs twice this season before tonight, and they won those games by a total of three runs. It’s not easy to keep the other team quiet when the scoring starts getting out of hand, and getting 13 runs in the first five innings had to feel like an empty HWY 101 at rush hour for Ryan Vogelsong. You wouldn’t have blamed him for letting out a Keanu-like “Whoa.”
But Vogelsong struck out seven and allowed just four hits, and even drilled a single in anger after Wily Peralta — who had no idea where his pitches were going so he might not have done this on purpose — threw a brushback pitch.
— There was only one home run in the game, and it came from Gregor Blanco. Blanco has three home runs in the last six days, including home runs in consecutive days at AT&T Park. Yesterday Blanco said he’s been talking to Panik about pulling balls down the right field line to collect some easy (relatively speaking) home runs at home. I thought it was just a funny thing Blanco said that we’d forget in a week, but he was serious.
— Rude, man. C’mon.
— Buster Posey’s August numbers: .350/.385/.602.
— Manny Pacquiao could destroy me and anyone reading this post in the ring, but he throws and hits baseballs like a Project Runway contestant.