In today’s game, (which I am tracking using ESPN’s Gamecast), the Giants woeful pitchers have allowed the leadoff man to reach base in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th innings. The Mets, thankful of the opportunity to score runs for a change, have taken advantage of the Giants generosity and scored in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th innings, or half the time.
The Giants, on the other hand, have left 22 men on base through the 10th!, and have hit into three more double plays, including a bases loaded, no-out situation in the bottom of the eighth. A single there would have probably won the game. The teams have combined for 30 hits, 14 walks, (44 baserunners!), and 18 runs; a rare PacBell slugfest that doesn’t include a Superman home run, but does feature a 4 for 4 Bonds day that has raised his season average to .372.
That’s about all the good news I can stand. The Giants pitchers are flat-out disgusting, (the only pitcher to not allow a hit today so far is Hermanson, who walked two), Tomko, Walker, Herges, Brower, Eyre and Correia have all allowed at least one hit as there appears to be no one on the entire team other than Schmidt who can be reliably counted on to GET OUTS. Leadoff walks, doubles, singles, two-out, nobody on rallies, you name it. Sabean has got to do something, anything, to ensure that this suddenly powerful offense isn’t wasted, please!
Update: So they lost, 11-9 in 12 innings. What a horrible performance by the pitching staff. The offense managed 4 different comebacks, but couldn’t do it a needed fifth time. And my God, this team can hit into double plays! Four the Giants and six for the Mets in a disgusting display of pitching and defense by both teams. I remember the terrible losses the Giants endured in 2002, and how Dusty kept on getting them to rebound. Alou has done a similar job this season, getting them back into contention after the 14-23 start, and they had just won 7 of 8 after the dismal efforts in Pittsburgh.
This one was just as bad as any of those losses, following it through Gamecast, and seeing the pitchers allow the leadoff hitter to reach in 7 of 12 innings was like Chinese water torture. I cannot imagine how the hitters don’t punch somebody in the mouth, although with the stunning number and variety of errors they make themselves, I guess I understand.
Brian Sabean!!!! Do something!!!!!