After the way that homestand went, I was kind of dreading this Rockies series. Sure, the Rockies have been battling it out with the Astros for the title of “worst record in baseball” this season, but the last thing the Giants needed after losing seven of eight was some quality time at Coors Field. That’s like a classic setup for hitting rock bottom: you could just imagine one of those hellacious marathon games in which the Giants scratch and claw for twenty innings and eventually lose to a last place team.
Except the way these past two games have gone, I’m almost beginning to — gasp — like Coors Field. The Giants scored a grand total of 29 runs over that ten-game span at home. They’ve scored 27 after a couple of days in Colorado. No lead is ever safe here — I mean, was anybody really comfortable with that five-run lead when Brad Penny took the mound in the seventh inning? Still, in back-to-back games, the Giants have managed to avoid that meltdown, padding the score with enough runs here and there to keep the Rockies at bay.
And so an offense that looked so helpless just a few days ago has now scored 10+ runs for two days in a row; it’s been two years since that happened.
- I have things to say about Brett Pill, but I don’t think they need to be said because this swing pretty much sums it up (.gif via @gidget).
- It’s not too often that you see a Giant draw four walks in a game, but Melky Cabrera did just that, becoming the fifth to do it since 2000; he joins the likes of Buster Posey, Juan Uribe (seriously), Dustan Mohr (no, seriously), and Barry Bonds (x16).
- Don’t look now, but Angel Pagan is starting to heat up.