Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Collmenter Defanged, Giants Win 6-5

That the Giants offense is virtually nonexistent seems to have become common knowledge throughout the National League, but--of course--the dormant lineup awoke Tuesday night to carve up the untouchable Josh Collmenter and take a 6-5 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Giants struck early in the 1st as Sandoval drove in Torres with a base hit. In the 4th, Ross doubled and was brought in on a sacrifice bunt by Cain. Ross struck again in the 5th with a two-run double and ended up scoring during a run-down on Crawford, putting the Giants ahead 5-0. The D-backs picked up a run in the 5th after Collementer was pulled, and in the 6th Arizona's catcher, Montero, hit a three run homer against Cain, putting the score at 5-4. The Giants received support in the 7th with an RBI triple by Schierholtz, and in the bottom of the 7th, the D-backs scored again to sculpt a final score of 6-5.

Is there any telling what makes or breaks the Giants offense, what in fact allows most of the Giants' lineup to reach base against one of the slickest pitchers in the National League? Producing six runs (a very high score for the Giants) could be attributed to Pablo Sandoval's return--his smile and/or offensive gravity. But, more likely, we are witnessing a group of ball players--no superstars by any stretch of the imagination--wean themselves off of their wounded provider, Buster Posey, and for the first time, provide for themselves. With or without Buster, with or without Freddy, with or without even the Z-Man, the Giants have gotten used to the top, and you'd have to pull a Cousins on all of them to take it away.

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