The good: Giants go 4-11 with RISP.
The bad: they score only two runs. (That's what happens when you get only one extra-base hit, and that was leading off an inning. I swear the Giants must practice infield hits.)
The ugly: Barry Zito and his SEVEN walks. And more fielding lapses.
Giants survived Da Beezy's nonsense with some good relief work by the rooks and The Ancient One, but an inability to mount a threat or get a big hit ultimately doomed them. Ten hits, nine singles (three of the infield type), two measly fucking runs. Giants have allowed 11 hits and five runs in 19 innings and have two losses to show for it. That's great team pitching going to waste once again because of nostalgia for a 2011 offense-like product (you can't call 570 runs a real offense). What happened to the new and improved 2012 lineup? All these guys have to do is BE AVERAGE. The NL slash line is .249/.315/.386 and the Giants are .259/.310/.405 which is damn average, thank you very much. But they only have 93 RS (NL ave 100) and 89 RBI (NL ave 95). That ain't gonna work. And don't waste my time with dink-ball, the Giants are 13-21 in SB. Spare us the extra outs, please. This team has to do two things: (1) catch the fucking ball and make the fucking plays, and (2) get extra-base hits with men on base. The arms are there, it's arma virumque cano here at RMC, all day every day, with Matt Cain as Aeneas and me as goddamn Vergil.
Here's the weird: the Giants have the fewest batter strikeouts in the NL (138) and the fourth-fewest batter walks (62). The Giants make a lot of contact and put a lot of balls in play. They don't call Sir Meulens "Bam-Bam" for nothing, eh?
Oh, did I forget the injury to Pablo Sandoval? That helps.