Giants Beat Pirates As the Voodoo Continues
This game had a little bit of everything. First we had the news of Brian Wilson and his elbow troubles. This was followed by the usual raging about Brandon Belt being out of the lineup once again. Then we had Barry Zito continuing to pitch well, albeit against an anemic Pirates offense. Finally there was great defense followed by horrible defense followed by great defense followed by horrible defense, followed by the Pirates playing horrible defense leading to yet another bizarre Giants win.
Let’s set the scene for the final half inning: Emmanuel Burriss leads the inning off with a single while Belt waits on deck. Bruce Bochy, in his pathological need to never allow Belt to play pulls him back, and sends Ryan Theriot up to bunt. Theriot bunts two pitches foul and everyone got angry. Then he singles through the hole into right field and everybody feels confused because Belt should have hit there but happy that good things still happened. Angel Pagan gets walked intentionally to load the bases, and up comes Melky Cabrera. Cabrera tries his darndest to ground into a double play, but the Pirates are all “forget it, we’re the Pirates and we don’t like winning” as Clint Barmes throws the double-play-that-would-be into the dirt, sending everyone not in a yellow and black uniform home happy.
- I don’t know what to think of Brandon Crawford’s defense right now. For every spectacular play it seems like he’ll boot a routine grounder. As of this game, the Giants are last in the league in defense; it has yet to completely ruin things, but you can’t make this many errors and win forever.
- By my count Aubrey Huff has stranded 16 baserunners in 27 plate appearances so far this season. That hot bat is clearly showing no signs of cooling off.
- Zito didn’t just get lucky tonight, as he actually seemed to be locating his pitches well, as the Pirates were kept off balance all night long. That said, home plate umpire Marvin Hudson’s strike zone was as small as Bruce Bochy’s head is freakishly enormous.
- Looks like Sergio Romo was the de facto closer tonight, as Santiago Casilla pitched the eighth inning. Casilla went on to throw one and two-thirds innings so odds are tomorrow’s closer will be either Romo or Jeremy Affeldt.
- Tomorrow is a perfect storm for Belt starting. Huff is coming off a rough oh-fer where he stranded five baserunners, Belt hasn’t started in forever, and I refuse to stop talking about this until something changes because I’m stubborn like that.
Tomorrow, Ryan Vogelsong makes his season debut as the Giants go for the sweep. And since the Dodgers still get to play the Padres, it’d be a good idea to follow through on this to keep pace.
UPDATE: Belt’s starting tomorrow! This means he’ll get his usual four at-bats to dictate his playing time for the next month.