Jonathan Sanchez threw 89 pitches but only managed to get 12 outs before Ol' Boch had enough and sent up Matt Cain to pinch-hit for him in the top of the 5th. Down 4-1, Todd Wellemeyer started the bottom of the 5th, but gave up hits to the four men he faced, and suddenly it was 5-1 and the Giants were reeling. The Braves hit two more homers today, one by catcher David Ross and the other by second baseman Omar Infante. This is a team with a slugging percentage below .400! To the Giants credit they fought back and closed the gap, and the 'pen kept it close, but it wasn't enough. It was a lackluster ending to a much-anticipated and mostly well-played series.
Pablo Sandoval got a shot at batting second and didn't light the world on fire but did manage a line drive single up the middle in the 3rd. In the 6th he hit a sharp one-hopper that Troy Glaus couldn't handle and it was ruled--unjustly, I thought--an error. Andres Torres scored on the play, but no RBI was awarded. Freddy Sanchez hit an infield pop-up in the 2nd that Alex Gonzalez apparently lost in the sun and failed to catch, and that was ruled a base hit! Funny game, eh? We could sure use some steady production from both of those guys. With the Panda, it's particularly disappointing as he hit so well last season. I expected a drop-off, but not a plunge into the abyss. With FSanchez, it's a little different. I had very low expectations and I am not surprised he's hitting like Aaron Rowand. Let's hope he's got another hot streak or two left in him.
The Giants are home tomorrow to take on the Cubs for four before the big weekend showdown with the Padres. Madison Bumgarner leads things off against Carlos Zambrano. Chicago has a weak offense, lousy pitching, and a crappy record. Get fat on the minnows, lads!