The Giants continued their improbable run back to respectability, riding Jason Schmidt’s second one-hitter of the season to a series win over the Boston Red Sox. Beating the Red Sox is one thing, shutting them out to win 4-0 is another, considering they were the only team in baseball who hadn’t been shut out yet,were second in runs scored in the entire league, and that they had punished the Giants and PacBell to the tune of five home runs and 14 runs in the first game of the series.
Indeed, it’s not impertinent to suggest that the Giants outplayed the Red Sox the entire series, and were it not for that fateful inning in game one, might have swept them out of town in this historic, once a century matchup. Now a season-high 5 games over .500, the Giants (37-32) have re-established themselves as a team that just might be a real contender, even to this perpetual cynic. Their offense has come alive, and if you take away some of the real bad games, (like the first game here against the Sox), their pitching has begun to shown signs of stability as well.
Not all is well in Giant-land. Robb Nen’s season and career are likely over, Jason Schmidt can pitch only every fifth day, and Neifi Perez still gets at-bats; so I, (and Glenn Dickey) will continue to monitor Brian Sabean’s efforts to bolster the rotation as the season rolls into the dog days of summer. Nonetheless, the Giants have made it interesting. Good for them. Good for us.