Monday, September 22, 2014

LA               89-67      ...                  Good hitting overcomes bad pitching.
GIANTS     84-71    4 1/2  GB       Hitting?.... How's that again?

Pittsburgh   84-71      ...                 Won 3 of 4 to establish pole position.
GIANTS      84-71      ...                  Likely to qualify here, but then what?
Milwaukee  80-76    4 1/2  GB      Two more losses will end it.

Giants lost to San Diego, 8-2, and were swept in the three-game series. Unbelievable.
LA defeated Chicago, 8-5, behind seven different pitchers.
Pittsburgh defeated Milwaukee, 1-0.

Giants open a three-game series at LA that will determine whether the division "race" continues. Jake Peavy starts against Dan Haren.  7:15 PDT (10:15 EDT).
Pittsburgh is at Atlanta.
Milwaukee opens at Cincinnati tomorrow.

Yesterday's Game
A weird line for Ryan Vogelsong, who did not pitch badly but who saw everyone that got on base against him score, one way or another.  It was 1-0 Pads entering the bottom of the sixth, and "Vogey" allowed two singles to open the frame,  He then got the double-play ball he needed, but Pablo Sandoval made an error for the ages, a wild throw which loaded the bases and opened the floodgates. Evidently this unhinged Vogelsong sufficiently that Bruce Bochy immediately called upon Javier Lopez. The lefty did his job, sorta, getting the first out on a sac fly, but then compounded the problem with a walk that reloaded the sacks. George Kontos came in and got the second out, but also at cost-- a run-scoring slow grounder. Then came disaster: an intentional walk to load the bases (with two out? What were they thinking?) followed by Cameron Maybin's two-run single-- also known as "Goodnight and Goodbye!"  Signs of life: Brandon Crawford, 2-for-4; 26-year-old rookie Chris Dominguez' first major-league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh that chased Ian Kennedy (like it mattered).

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