Freddy Sanchez is posting an .824 OPS (.336/.397/.427) over his 29 games this season. Lifetime, he's a .300/.337/.416 hitter (.753 OPS). Entering today's game he'd hit 38 HR in 3070 PA, and that works out to 1.2%. That makes him twice the HR-hitter of the Padre Pest, David Eckstein (0.6%), and about half as good as a league-average HR-hitter (2.4%). Naturally that meant Freddy would deliver the big bomb in today's satisfying win. FSanchez' career ISO** is .116, and his 2010 ISO is well below that (.091). It's no surprise the homer was his first of the season. Another fella from the Big Book of Brian, scrap-heaper Pat Burrell, added his first road-HR as a Giant as the sleeping bats awoke (NINE runs!) to bash the Jays. At this rate, I'll have to start a "What Sabean's Done Right" series. As long as the lads win, I'll eat crow for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Great bullpen work (Bautista, Mota, and Romo) bailed out a befuddled Jonathan Sanchez after 2-2/3 and 73 pitches. A still-struggling Affeldt had to get help from Wilson in the 9th, but a six-run cushion does wonders for your chances. Let's hope we can stomp all over the Astros, they are one of the worst teams in baseball.
**from Bay City Ball's glossary (emphasis mine):