I don't like anything about that team. I don't like the players, I don't like the manager, I don't like the state they represent, I don't like their logo and I don't like their infinite color scheme. I think MLB should institute a carbon tax on air conditioned stadia that they open in the desert. The guy named after a cat isn't even there anymore to amuse me. I especially do not like the part about being 1 - 4 against them in our own park. Tonight's game was kind of interesting, but not from the viewpoint of a Giants fan. It was thoroughly disappointing.
Madison Bumgarner was on the hill. I must correct an earlier conjecture - in my last post, I surmised that Madison must have walked a number of batters in one or several games. That is not correct. He only had walk-free games 3 times this season, had walked only one batter 5 times and walked 2 batters in 3 games. Tonight he walked 3. He also gave up 9 hits in the first 5 innings, and, remarkably, only 1 run. I leave it as an open question as to whether that was brilliant or lucky.
Unfortunately, the Giants were thoroughly incompetent on offense. Chase (a name I do not like) Anderson threw a no-hitter until Buster Posey bounced a line drive off his leg for a hit in the 7th inning. This will probably be chalked up to him having a great game, but it reminded me of Tim's first four innings the previous day - no hits, but hard to feel like he was in command. He put batters on base - Duffy twice by hitting him with a pitch. In the 3rd, with Matt Duffy on base to lead off the inning, Justin Maxwell flied out. Duffy stole 2nd and Madison Bumgarner walked. Nori Aoki scalded the ball - a line drive snagged by Aaron Hill at 3rd for a double play. Later, after Duffy singled against Daniel Hudson in the 8th and went to second on a wild pitch, Casey McGehee, pinch hitting for Madison Bumgarner, hit the ball to short and caught Matt in between 2nd and 3rd, killing the Giants feeble, and last chance at scoring.
In addition to Posey, that Duffy single was it for the Giants offense. Angel Pagan, in the 3-hole, has not been helpful lately. He has 5 hits in June, in 45 plate appearances. His average has dropped 25 percentage points. Since May 22, it fell 25 percentage points to June 1. Brandon Belt has not been especially helpful either, he has shed 15 points from his average in June, 7 hits in 33 plate appearances in 10 games. Justin Maxwell has not hit much. With Pence hurt, these guys need to pick it up, what offense we have had has come from Buster, and Joe Panik, Matt Duffy and Nori Aoki. It is not enough. Let's see if we can avoid a losing home stand.