Barry Zito was handed a 4-0 first inning lead, and still failed to get out of the 3rd inning, as he allowed 7 hits and 3 runs in 2 1/3 innings. Bochy wasted no time running out to the mound in the third, after watching the anemic Astros light up the
The bullpen was stout, especially George Kontos, who got the win, after he retired all eight batters he faced. The Giants go for the sweep tonight, after holding on for a 6-4 victory.
Several Giants hitters have had an excellent month of August:
Angel Pagan .349/.421/.604 1.025 OPS (league leading 37 hits and 29 runs scored)
Joaquin Arias .426/.448/.704 1.152 OPS (league leading OPS)
Buster Posey .354/.466/.646 1.112 OPS (only 5 games without a hit this month, 61 hits the last two months)
Brandon Belt .338/.407/.455 .862 OPS
In fact, thank God the hitters have been as hot as they have, because they’re carrying the team.
On the pitching side of the rubber, it’s pretty much been Cain, Bumgarner, and the bullpen. Lincecum’s allowed 12 earned runs in 29 innings, and he’s the third best starter this month. Vogelsong and Zito are both sporting 6-plus ERA’s.
Let’s hope the pitchers get settled down, and fast. One more game with the Astros, a three game set at Chicago, and then the entire rest of the season is all NL West, all the time. 7 games with the Rockies, and 6 each with the D’backs, Dodgers and Padres.