That game was a little easier to enjoy than, say, this game with a battery of Todd Wellemeyer/Bengie Molina. You can see why the Giants called Madison Bumgarner up -- his fastball is as crisp as it has been in a year, and his secondary pitches are improving. I’m not sure why that didn’t translate to AAA dominance, but the assortment is playing well right now in the majors. And Buster Posey has yet to swallow his shin guard or call for six knuckleballs in a row, much to Bruce Bochy’s surprise.
Also, I got a good idea while watching another sporting event today. On every inside pitch, the Giant hitters should pretend they got hit. And when the umpire tells the hitter to get up because he doesn’t believe the Giants’ hitter was really hit by the pitch, the hitter should writhe in pain even more as if he was hit by the ball from Phantasm, with spikes and auger drills jutting out of it. This should happen after every inside pitch. I think it could give the Giants two or three extra base runners each game.
Just a thought.
After the Colorado series, I wasn’t quite ready to give up on the season, but I half-expected the season to give up on me. Heading into the break with a good deal of momentum? I’ll take it. Oh, how I’ll take it.