1st inning: 9-9
2nd inning: 9-9
3rd inning: 12-6
4th inning: 10-8
5th inning: 10-8
6th inning: 9-9
7th inning: 12-6
The Giants stood at 71-55 (.563) after beating the Braves in the first two games of the series. Nothing like a five-game win streak to make an inning look good. As you can see, it's the second time the team has gone 12-6 over the 18 games. The club looked bad, however, in the final two games, and start their penultimate inning with two losses.
8th inning: 0-2 with 16 to play.
With 34 games to go, the Giants are up in the NL West by two over the
The Giants, right now, are playing just shy of .555 ball. If they stay on that pace, that's 19 more wins or a 90-72 record. The Dodgers would have to go 21-13 (.618) to match that. It's going to be close. Very close. The Giants have to stick to what they do best and that's pitch well. They have to be strong in the field as well. It would be nice to get more home runs from Hunter Pence (and Pablo Sandoval). All they need is one good month from the FNG. And some good starts from Tim Lincecum, too. In fact, he could be the difference-maker. If he can deliver half a dozen solid outings from here on out I think the Giants will wrap it up before the final series in LA. If not, figure on the first week of October deciding the 2012 season. I'm not planning anything for those three days and I hope you aren't, either. I know the 'pen has looked a little shaky, but I think we have the guys to do the job. They just have to deliver. They know the stakes, and it is time for everyone to kick it up a notch. Kruk said on TV "you can't buy chemistry." True, but you can buy talent. LA has done that. Now we'll see if the Giants cup runneth over with intangibles.