Saturday, July 10, 2010

Game Recap: SF 10, WAS 5

You have to give Aaron Rowand credit. His home run this evening tied the game in the 7th inning, completing the Giants 2nd comeback of the game. As horrible as he has been this year, Rowand has a slugging percentage of .404 on the year, higher than Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, and Edgar Renteria. This, combined with his ability to run like a normal human being, makes him far more valuable than his compatriot in low obp, the recently departed Bengie Molina. That said, Rowand should NOT be leading off with an obp of .283. By batting Rowand leadoff, Bochy is effectively guaranteeing that the batter who makes the most outs on the team will have the most opportunities to go up to the plate.

The Giants were resilient tonight, hitting through another short, bad start by tradeable Jonathan Sanchez. They got down early, then took the lead, only to fall behind again. Then, late in the game, Rowand tied the game with his 8th home run, and the Giants went on to take the lead and add to it in the 9th inning.

Buster Posey is embarassing Brian Sabean. Since he was brought up in late May, Posey has become exactly what many analysts and scouts said he would: one of the top 2 hitters on the entire team. It really makes you wonder how this team's record might be different if Gerald Demp III had been catching all season.

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