11-5 win at home
Denard Span opened the scoring with a booming homer that hit the water and he laid down a perfect bunt single in his next at bat that went perhaps fifty feet. It was a nice display of versatility by the veteran lefty leadoff man. The Giants went on to score a bunch and that was good as Matt Cain struggled in his return from the DL. The big righty had trouble throwing strikes (he walked in two runs) but otherwise looked healthy and moved around well. The hammy is fine it seems, now it's time to conquer the mechanical issues and find that old pitching rhythm. All the Giants starters had at least one hit and either an RBI or run scored except Jarrett Parker who walked twice. The youngster had some scary moments in left field but hung in there and made some plays as well. He's really slumping (.189/.283/.396) lately, but a platoon role is tough, perhaps with time he'll find his stroke.
Angel Pagan should be back this week. Maybe that will dispel the rumors of the Giants going after Ryan Braun. He has supposedly been linked to all the teams the Brewers have played lately! I don't see the Giants making a big move for a marquee player unless they really slump and the race tightens. With LA losing last night it's now a six-game lead. Infielder Ruben Tejada, Chase Utley's slide victim in last year's post-season, just signed a minor-league deal with the team.
MadBum gets the ball tonight as Giants go for their 40th win.