Hope you all were watching those plucky Olympic athletes, because the Giants game sucked big time. Another blown save, Romo this occasion. Another loss, the L went to Casilla. Our relief pitching is just making shambles of our season. To paraphrase Nomisnala from yesterday: Romo: strike, strike, hang, bang; strike, strike, hang, bang. It seems like the phrase "he got away with one there" doesn't apply much to Giants pitchers. Here is the post-All Star poop (and I mean it in the stinkiest way): Casilla, blown save on the 14th, again on the 18th. Penny, loss on the 22nd in the 12th. Romo, loss on the 27th. Last night, the Giants actually came back, but then Casilla went on to cough up a 2 run shot in the 10th. Hairston!
Madison Bumgarner pitched pretty well, well enough for a win. He threw 108 pitches in 6 innings, giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 9 amidst 6 hits (and getting a hit himself). He fanned the side in the second and sixth, although he also gave up a hit in the sixth. The Giants have not been able to pick up a 12th win for Maddy since July 13. But our relief pitchers (perhaps it is time for a new term here, they aren't providing much relief) our secondary pitchers, gave up a 4-2 lead and then, after the Giants managed to tie the game in the ninth, lost in the tenth. Romo now has 2 Ls and one BS against 5 saves, Casilla has 5 Ls and 6 BS against 24 saves. You want your secondary pitchers NOT to have losses and blown saves. The Ws are less important, as long as someone gets them on your team (preferably starters, as I have argued before). But a bunch of BS and Ls among the bullpen are killers.
A happy note to end this missive: We are playing less than .500 ball in the month of July, 11-22.
This just in: the Giants may have acquired Hunter Pence now that Schierholtz is contributing, although Baggarly says it is not yet a deal. Don't see how that will stop our secondary pitching from sucking. The Phillies are having a fire sale, apparently Victor Ino or Vic Torino or whatever his name is, is now a smog-sucker.