Buster Posey not only started and played the whole game at catcher, he got two hits and threw out Joey Votto at second base as part of a strikeout-double play in the 7th inning. Juan Uribe had two 2-RBI singles, one in the 3rd and one in the 7th, the last one putting the Giants ahead for good. Freddy Sanchez had two hits and another walk. This guy's career walk rate is 4.8 % (144 in 3021 PA), yet he's working at nearly a 13% clip in 2010, with 10 walks in 18 games played (80 PA). Even Pat Burrell got two hits and scored a run. Barry Zito didn't pitch well (Game Score 34), but he had a two-out 2-RBI single in the 2nd to open the scoring. Andres Torres struck out twice, but he had a hit and a walk and made an impressive catch in the outfield in the 9th inning. Pablo Sandoval was on base twice and scored twice. The real heroes, though, were the middle relievers, as Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, and Guillermo Mota gave the team 2-1/3 IP with 4 K and no hits.
It took a total team effort tonight, but the Giants prevailed against a good club (33-25).
Matt Cain tomorrow night.
UPDATE 0739 Tuesday: Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area says Mark DeRosa is "all but done" for the year. (h/t Hardball Talk)
First-round pick (#24) is NOT a pitcher! He's Gary Brown, an outfielder from Cal State Fullerton. The Titans are headed to the Super Regionals after smoking through the first round. You could get a look at him this Friday on ESPN2 in the matchup vs. no. 6 UCLA.