Two games, 18 innings, five runs allowed, 3 runs scored, two losses.
This is what I thought we’d see lots of this season, not the offensive juggernaut of the first ten games. Lots of second and third with one out situations where we can’t even hit the ball out of the infield, lots of hittable pitches being swung through, lots of great pitching performances being wasted, lots of zero-margin-for-error innings by our pitchers.
After yesterday’s loss, the Giants are facing the reality that they will need to get their groove back if they are really gonna compete for the NL West crown this season. Sure, Sandoval just missed a home run in the sixth. Sure, Velez isn’t supposed to the everyday left-fielder. Sure, the last two lefty’s they faced were dealing.
At the same time, the number of clear mistake pitches that the Giants hitters simply missed yesterday was staggering. Again and again, Richard missed his target high, and again and again a Giants hitter fouled it off, or often, simply couldn’t get wood on it at all. DeRosa’s pinch-hit strikeout was especially disappointing, given that he never saw a strike at all.
Torres and Velez misplayed a potential throw out at the plate, after Velez misplayed a double into a triple….. These things don’t matter when you score four or five runs per game. When you are in a nail-biter, one run situation that lasts 18 consecutive innings, the pressure starts to mount.
And, the pressure is starting to mount for the Giants. It’s nice to start hot, and it stinks to start flat; but it’s worse to start hot and then fall flat on your face.