Wednesday, September 12, 2012

GIANTS      80-62    ...         Had same mark at this point in 2010.
Los Angeles  74-68   6 GB   Is this turning into a simple countdown?

Giants defeated Colorado, 9-8.
LA lost at Arizona, 1-0, on Ian Kennedy's five-hit shutout.

Giants finish up at Colorado; 5:40 PM local time. Tim Lincecum starts; since being shelled here back in April he has put up three pretty good starts against the 'Rocks.' Jeff Francis (0-1 against the Giants this year) opposes.
LA concludes the series at Arizona. They'll be opening a four-game set at home against the Cardinals tomorrow.

Last Night's Game
Madison Bumgarner's three-run homer, Angel Pagan's record-tying 12th triple, Brandon Belt's 4 RBI-- it's almost enough to make us forget Bumgarner's fourth straight lousy start and the uncomfortable realization that the Giants' best two starts over the past three weeks have both been by Barry Zito. Well, it was three games in one, actually. The first three innings were all about the Rockies, and "Bum's" inability to get them out-- 4-0, Colorado. The middle three were a 8-1 Giants rout, with the youngster blasting his second homer of the year to tie the ballgame in the fourth, Belt doubling home two in the fifth, and Pagan, in the sixth, tying Willie Mays and Steve Finley (!) as the only San Francisco Giants to hit 12 triples in a season. Over the final three, it was The Search for the Missing Outs, starring five Giants relievers, with their co-stars in the Colorado lineup steadily banging out hits, 17 in all, until Javier Lopez finally got Jason Giambi (yes, he's still around) to end it.

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