Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LA              82-63      ...                  Pads still got a little fight left in 'em.
GIANTS    79-65     2.5  GB          Petit brilliant when needed most.

Giants defeated Arizona, 5-1.
LA lost to San Diego, 6-3, after winning Monday.

Giants host Arizona; 7:15 PDT (10:15 EDT). Ryan Vogelsong hopes to shake off his last outing. Ryan Collmenter, who has won his only start against the Giants so far, opposes.
LA finishes up with San Diego; Dan Haren for the Blueboys against Ian Kennedy, who's already made five starts against them without a win. Law of averages, eh?

Last Night's Game
Yusmeiro Petit, who replaced Tim Lincecum in the rotation two weeks ago, made his second outstanding start of the stretch drive. This one was a masterpiece worthy of Lincecum himself at his best-- a complete-game four-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks. Andrew Susac, settling in as the everyday catcher, called a fine game as Petit needed only 84 pitches to dispatch the 'Snakes.' Offensively it was all about the top of the order-- literally, as Angel Pagan went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, and Joe Panik continued his amazing tear with a 5-for-5 day, though oddly he neither scored nor drove in a run. His five singles did advance Pagan into scoring position four times, and Pagan scored three of those times. You lovers of "small ball" will rejoice at that, and we sabermetric savants will note that two of those runs scored on bases-loaded walks! Panik's sixth-inning single actually did bring in a run, albeit on a throwing error from the Arizona outfield.  

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