A losing streak. Could have gone another month without one of those. It was fun while it lasted.
Eight hits, three walks. If I’m going to puff out my nerdy, stats-aware chest and write things like "clutch hitting is impossible to detect," I’ll have to shrug my shoulders at a game like this. Usually a team will score more than two runs with eleven baserunners -- they just came in the wrong order. It’s frustrating to watch while it’s going on, but it’s a different kind of frustrating from the standard Giants futility from last season.
I don’t know, man. I’m trying to find a positive. You can take it or leave it.
Heck, the Giants even looked okay against Billy Wagner. Aaron Rowand showed that he’s still a decent option against lefties*, and he took a fastball the opposite way to the warning track. Edgar Renteria drilled a single that Wagner had no right to catch, and Freddy Sanchez spun on a pitch just a little too quickly, just missing a home run. Feh. Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar shuts you down with runners on base.
Panic mode can wait until tomorrow, at least.
*He should probably never hit against righties again, but that’s a post for another time.