I delayed posting until this morning, hoping I could find some way to shake off the disappointment. The expectation of a sweep of Arizona was mine (and a lot of other Giants' fans', I'm sure). So I should probably be disappointed by my own expectations. But it was so close! We had our best pitcher on the mound going up against, whom again? Randall Del Gado? He seemed to have a good change-up, but really, the Giants went from a hitting team to one that checked out just when a victory would have been oh-so-meaningful. Instead, we are left with a series victory. Sounds good if it were April. It's not.
Madison Bumgarner pitched well enough to win. He gave us 7 innings, gave up one run which I am not sure should be considered "earned." A left fielder, life-long-infielder or not, needs to catch that ball. He wasn't quite as sharp as he can be, although struck out 6. He also walked 3 and gave up 5 hits (including the aforementioned 1st inning gaffe), but managed to get out of trouble for the rest of his stay. Sandy Rosario gave up a couple in the 8th. The Giants only managed 5 hits, and 2 of those were in the ridiculous 9th inning. By that time, I really didn't feel that the Giants could pull off a comeback and they didn't. You only get so many misplays on bouncy infield balls, especially when you run into outs.
I don't think that sending Buster Posey, who tried to score from first on Pablo Sandoval's double to the left-center wall, was an error in Tim Flannery's judgement. The throw to nail him was a perfect strike, and it took that as he was out by inches. If he would have had his left foot out instead of his right foot, he also would have been safe. Also, I am sick of the "should the Giants be buyers or seller" faux debate. The answer is the same as it was before the All-Star break - neither. You don't break up a World Series winning line-up due to an injury-abetted setback, and you don't break up a World Series winning line-up on a hail-mary in hope it will get better. Tinkering, at most. I know we are not "out of it." It just feels bad, when all the other teams did well (Washington was of no help, were they?) and the time left to make up ground on the backs of small series victories grows short.