5-3 win Sat in AZ
& 2-1 win today
The Giants get some payback against the Diamondbacks and even up the season series with a sweet four-game sweep in the desert: 4-2, 3-1, 5-3, and 2-1. That's some Giants baseball right there! Check out the staters' run: MB 6-2/3, 1R; JC 7, 2R, JS 8, 1R; JP 6, 1R; MC 7, 1R. That's right, the team just got 13 IP and 2 R--and two team wins--from the bottom end the ro', the struggling former studs Jake Peavy and Matt Cain. Both pitched well enough to win, which is just what happened. The Giants relied once again on their superb fielding to back the solid pitching. The bullpen is still shaky (get well soon George Kontos), but five wins in a row is tonic enough for that. Since the 17-run disaster against the Rockies ten days ago, Giants pitchers have allowed 25 runs in the ten games since. The team went 7-3, the three losses were 2-0, 3-1, and 4-0. It took two shutouts and an epic hitting funk otherwise the Giants could have done even better! It's particularly satisfying to see both Peavy and Cain get good results. Let's hope they keep it going.
Big hits were also the theme in Arizona. Chase Field is supposed to be a hitter-friendly park and the Giants needed to counter their GIDP-fetish with some long balls. Joe Panik was the Big Stick against Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller both, earning MuscleMan Honors for the series. Way to go, Joe! Hunter Pence got his 200th career bomb off Patrick Corbin in the next game, and Trevor Brown launched one today off Rubby De La Rosa. The GI- portion of GIDP is pretty specific about ground balls, seems like fly balls are the necessary palliative. At least in homer-friendly parks!
Giants have a travel day tomorrow for a three-game set in San Diego. After that they are home for a weekend series with the high-flying Chicago Cubs.