I was thinking I could write about the fact that the Giants have put together quality starts in 4 of their last 5 games: Gaudin, Lincecum, Cain and now Bumgarner (and even Zito except for one inning). A quality start is 6 innings of 3 runs or less, as followers of that dubious stat know. But Madison did not quite play along. That 6th inning last night was a nightmare. The Giants tried to give the game back. Maddy lost it after 5 beautiful innings, only allowing 2 hits. In the 6th, he was not able to get an out. Single, walk, double, change to Ramon Ramirez, rbi ground-out, walk, wild pitch, rbi sac fly, walk, passed ball (Jeez!), when it's time for a change to Javier Lopez, think Speedy Oil Change and Tune-Up, another walk, K. Phew!
The good thing, of course, is that when all this debacle started, the Giants were up by 9 runs. They more than doubled their June output. Blanco, 2 for 5; Posey, 3 for 4 with a soaring home run; Pence, 2 for 5 with a home run; Belt 3 for 5; and Brandon Crawford, the guy who is OK to keep on the team because of his glove, 4 for 5. Brandon is now hitting .292, pretty respectable for a guy who, at one time was never going to be able to hit major league pitching. Final score: Giants 10, dbacks 5. You know, Arizona has had some great pitching and has a bunch of good hitters. Goldschmidt is good against other teams besides us. But they are not champions, and we need to go out and remind them of that, forcefully if necessary.