Mattison Caingarner is not getting much help this month. He's given up three runs in 20 innings and has two losses and a no-decision. If you throw in his last start in August, it's four runs in 26 innings and another ND. MadBum wasn't exactly scintillating tonight, but he was reasonably effective, keeping the ball in the yard and getting his share of grounders. Unfortunately, the Giants looked ragged in the field and pathetic at the plate. Juan Uribe flashed some Hands of Stone/Feet of Clay moments to lead the way, but Jeremy Affeldt provided the finest fielding moment of the night in the 7th when he threw a splitter under Posey's glove and failed to get a runner at home on a comebacker. That mistake made it 3-0 and that was enough for Randy Wolf to finish us off. Oh, and is anyone else concerned about Edgar Renteria's total lack of speed and range at a premium defensive position?
The Giants, fresh off a joyous Dodger-whupping last night, couldn't sustain the energy and lost to a mediocre-would-be-a-compliment Brewers club on Orange Friday. The Buster T-shirts had no magic in them, unless you think they caused Mat Latos to give up 9 runs in St. Louis. Hey, I'll take it. We knew the Padres were cruising on fumes, and now they are looking at an empty tank. I expect the Rockies to blow past them any day now. That showdown in Colorado next weekend will be epic. Let's hope we find some offense before then. The Giants are 10-5 in September, built entirely on dominating pitching (27 runs allowed). The other side of the equation is not encouraging (47 runs scored, 23 of those in 3 games). I'm not sure what to do about it. It's not like Bochy has a lot of options. The top four batters tonight were 0-14 with a walk. Randy Wolf made it look easy (Game Score 85), facing only 30 batters and throwing only 111 pitches to complete the shutout.
Clayton Kershaw shut out the Giants to start the series against LA, but the good guys still took the next two. Let's hope that's the formula. We are still in first place!