After 30 hits in the first two games this weekend, the Giants won today in Arizona, 2 -1 on only 5 hits. A Justin Maxwell solo shot and a Hunter Pence double to score Joe Panik did the trick. The Giants were out-hit by the dbacks, who tallied 9, but held on to win and complete the sweep. It is their 6th win in a row going back to before the All-Star break. The Giants had a few more well hit balls, including a Brandon Belt double off of the wall and about 4 more long outs from Panik, Duffy, Buster and Maxwell that probably added up to 2000 feet. It as an extremely entertaining weekend to watch Pagan, Panik, Duffy and Buster smack the ball around.
Madison Bumgarner was on the hill and was not nearly as sharp as he can be. He threw 93 pitches, 59 of them strikes. He was pulled after 5 innings. This appeared to have been by design, I'm guessing that Bruce Bochy hoped he would get six, but was going to pull Madison nevertheless. He did work in the All-Star game. George Kontos threw 2 scoreless, then Hunter Strickland blanked the snakes for the 8th and Santiago Casilla picked up his 24th save.
The Giants are now #1 in batting average in the major leagues and #1 in on base percentage, according to the TV. That's pretty good, and it suggests that they are not in first place due to pitching struggles. A quick glance at the pitching stats for the team confirms this: Among the relievers, 6 pitchers have L's hung on them: Romo (4), Affeldt (2), Casilla (2), and Kontos, Petit, Strickland (1 each). And of course, Hudson has a losing record. He may be able to make progress towards correcting that tomorrow in San Diego. Among the relievers, though, Romo has looked pretty good this weekend, Affeldt hopefully will be much improved when he returns from the DL, and Kontos and Strickland have also looked good after the break. On to San Diego!