“It’s like deja vu all over again.” Yogi Berra
For the second consecutive day, the Giants beat their rivals in walk off fashion, in another one-run victory, by an identical 3-2 score. This one took an extra inning, with the winning score taking place in the tenth, but the result was the same as the G-men beat the best regular season team in baseball.
With the victory and seemingly unrealistic sweep of the mighty Dodgers, the Giants are right back in the thick of things in the NL West, now with a record of 7-10, having won four of their last five games.
This blogger actually had the audacity to note in our 4/20 post that with a sweep, the Giants would halve the Dodgers six game lead in the standings. And sure enough with the Dodgers coming into San Francisco on a seven game winning streak, and the Giants having lost 9 of their last 10, things didn’t look good. But the World Champion Giants did the improbable, sweeping the best team that money can’t buy.
Yesterday’s hero was Justin Maxwell, whose scorching line drive past the third base bag scored Angel Pagan from second base with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning. Suddenly, Maxwell is the hottest hitting Giant and is forcing Bruce Bochy to find more playing time for him in the outfield. Maxwell’s offensive slash line for the season now stands at .300/.400/.500 (batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage) and the Giants have to be feeling better about their outfield and bench depth with the return of Hunter Pence, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
Another bright spot for the Giants yesterday was the pitching of Ryan Vogelsong, who gave the Giants a quality start after three very rough outings to start the season. Vogey allowed two homeruns, but both were solo shots as he allowed just two runs and three hits with five strikeouts over six innings. With starters Matt Cain and Jake Peavy both still on the disabled list, the Giants need Vogey to pitch well.
The G-men men are in Colorado tonight, facing the Rockies in the first of a three game set. Tonight, rookie phenom Chris Heston is on the hill, sporting an 0.87 ERA over his first three starts. The Giants are looking to avenge the three game sweep they suffered at the hands of the Rockies earlier this month in San Francisco as they go for back to back sweeps.