The Giants beat the hated Dodgers again, winning 11-5. The game featured a gutty performance by Dustin Hermanson, who pitched very well until he dove trying to tag out the speedy Dave Roberts. Hermanson shook himself up a bit, landing hard on a play that the inexperienced Pedro Feliz will learn to prevent. Hermanson shouldl be OK, which should turn out to be a good thing for the Giants, because last night was almost certainly his best performance of the season.
Other highlights include a 5 for 5 night, with three doubles for Devi Cruz, six more RBI for Edgardo Alfonzo (who has had an absolutely Kent-esque homestand), and a continued surge in offense across the board. Since May 17th, the Giants have played 33 games. They’ve scored 202 runs in that time, an average of over 6.1 runs per game, while the pitching staff has allowed 4.3 per game. Oh, and they’ve gone 25-8, a .757 stretch that has pushed them into first place.
As for the offense, the Giants now have eight players with batting averages above .270, Devi Cruz is making a real push for significant playing time, last night’s performance pushed his average up to .326. All in all, the team is playing well.
Back in the beginning of the season, when the Giants were falt-out horrible, I ripped Brian Sabean for putting together this collection of players, especially when Sabean was quoted saying that these guys have a track record, that they’ll come around, blah blah blah. Well, it appears that he was right, and I was wrong. Good for him, good for all of us. If I’m gonna be wrong, at least it means the team is winning.