The Washington Nationals torched Madison Bumgarner today, tossing him aside like he was Tim Lincecum, dominating in all facets of the game and pounding the Giants once again. If the Dodgers win tonight they'll be back in first place, just to rub salt in it, which can't be much worse than what we've had to watch so far. I am happy to see Pablo Sandoval put on a show in advance of his All-Star appearance. I don't care who makes the All-Star Team, and the sooner it becomes a truly meaningless exhibition again the happier I will be, but if our guys are there I want them to flash All-Star stuff. Don't you? Plus a hot Panda will really help the Giants score more runs down the stretch. But the problem in D.C. has not been run-scoring. The team has in fact looked thoroughly Giants-y at the plate, and just as thoroughly un-Giants-y with the ball. The Freak and The Bumbino looked like rookies against the Nats, who hit good pitchers' pitches as well as mistakes, and from both sides of the plate and to all parts of the yard. It will be up to Matt Cain tomorrow to cool them off, and that's a tall order. I said before the series it would be a good test for the team--they could bring their "F" up to a "C" with a win.
p.s. Happy Independence Day!