Matt Morris pitched like he has all year, (which is to say, he was hammered by a weak-hitting team), and the Giants lost the hammer game against the Padres on Sunday. Morris and the SF Chronicle writers can talk all they want about how bad his run support has been this season. Morris still has allowed 19 home runs, 195 hits, has a 4.71 ERA, allowed over 100 runs (7th worst total in the NL); and done all this pitching half his games in one of the best pitchers parks in the game. I mean, come on, in his last ten starts, he’s allowed 6, 3, 5, 1, 5, 2, 3, 5, 0, and 7 earned runs. That’s horrible, atrocious, disappointing…. whatever, you fill in the blanks. That’s 3 good starts,2 mediocre ones, and five starts in which he gave his team no chance to win at all. The hitters bailed him out once, and he ran out a nice 2-6 record over those ten starts. Difference maker? You bet. Just not the right kind.
Anyway…. the Giants still managed to pick up a game on the Padres, pulling within 2.5 games of the wild card. A nice win streak coupled with a Padres stumble would go a long way right now.