The Giants got good pitching tonight from Barry Zito, but the Diamondbacks got even better pitching from Daniel Hudson. Runs have been in short supply lately, and they look to get scarcer in San Diego. The Giants are one game back of the Padres in the win column, but three back in the loss column. The 78-62 Giants just completed their 140th game, while the 79-59 Padres are two short at 138. Matt Cain goes tomorrow night against Jon Garland. Without an offense, he'll have to be damn close to perfect to get a win. A split doesn't help us much. San Diego will have 20 games left, San Francisco 18. If the Padres are 81-61, a mere .500 record sees them finish 91-71. The 80-64 Giants would have to go 11-7 to tie, 12-6 to win. The last three games of the regular season are in San Francisco on the first weekend of October. That could be an epic series, or just another tease. I can't tell with this club, I really can't. When they can't hit in Arizona, it scares the crap out of me. I know, I've watched the dramatic wins, I feel the magic inside and all that. I've seen this team play like champions. Then I see them break out a new-fangled offense built on Freddy Sanchez solo HRs. Don't get me wrong, I like HRs from unexpected places, but that only works when all the expected guys hit, too. San Diego has a whole army of Daniel Hudson-esque hurlers--how am I supposed to feel about that?
C'mon, Giants, quit horsing around with my heart. Grab a hold of the fucking Padres and beat the goddamn crap out of them!