Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Arizona    81-60    …      Maybe mile-high air will make them dizzy.
GIANTS  74-67   7 GB  Where was all that power Sunday?

Giants defeated San Diego, 7-2.
Arizona held on to beat Colorado, 10-7.

Giants at San Diego; 7:05 PDT (10:05 EDT). Rookie southpaw Eric Surkamp, who pitched well to a no-decision in his first start last week, will get another shot tonight. Lefty Wade LeBlanc opposes.
Arizona's at Colorado again.

Yesterday's Game
Now, that the pressure's off, everyone's playing well. We know, we know, that's not fair, but at least for one day the brief road trip down the coast seems a positive tonic for the Giants. Madison Bumgarner was the big story yesterday. Rapidly emerging as one of the top lefthanders in the league, Bumgarner struck out thirteen Padres as he worked into the ninth, finishing two outs short of a complete game and improving his record to 10-12. He got plenty of run support for a change; Pablo Sandoval, with two homers, and Cody Ross, with two doubles, accounted for five runs, five hits,and four RBI between them. Under the radar, but still a pleasant development: six different Giants (including the free-swinging Sandoval) drew walks in this game.

With a lefthander on the mound, we'll see whether Pat Burrell is well enough to start tonight... We certainly hope Carlos Beltran will be. A late scratch yesterday with the stomach 'flu', Beltran has been on fire lately. And with 297 career homers, he has a shot at reaching 300 before the year is out... Whether or not he remains in center field, the Giants must get Andres (.309 OBP) Torres out of the leadoff spot posthaste. Even Burrell (.351) would be a much better option... Looking around, we see that only one real pennant race remains. That's the AL West, where the Los Angeles Angels are chasing the defending league champion Texas Rangers and trailing by only two and a half games. Elsewhere, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia have sewed up their division races, Atlanta will be the NL wild card, and once again the Yankees and Boston are playing hot-potato with the AL East, knowing that both will make the playoffs anyway.

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