Sunday, August 8, 2010

Game Recap: ATL 6, SF 3

There's not really much to say about this game. When Jonathan Sanchez isn't on, Buster Posey sits, and Aubrey Huff goes 0-4, it's hard to see the Giants winning. Sanchez was shaky from the 1st inning, and left after 4 innings after giving up 4 runs. The Giants scattered their 7 hits (Freddy Sanchez's single was fraudulent). Torres, Uribe, and Ishikawa were the only ones to really hit the ball hard, Ishikawa getting his 3rd HR of the season.

Todd Wellemeyer did not look good at all in his return. He gave up four hits and didn't get an out. But Santiago Casilla looked strong, going 2 innings, giving up only one hit.

Freddy Sanchez, the 6 million dollar man, was hitting 7th today. It was good to see him finally out of the 2-spot, but his replacement, Pablo Sandoval, didn't make much more sense. I don't like this practice of placing a very mediocre hitter in between Andres Torres and Aubrey Huff. My suggestion: load the lineup towards the top. Go with Torres, Posey, Huff, Burrell, Uribe, Ishikawa as your 1-6. Or something similar.

Interesting quote from Jonathan Sanchez after today's game. Sanchez said "We are going to make the playoffs...San Diego has been winning series all year...But we're going to play San Diego now and we're going to beat them 3 times. If we get to 1st place, we're not going to look back." I have no problem with this. I actually like to hear it from a guy who is often perceived as being too quiet and accused of looking uninterested on the mound. Sanchez has good reason to think that he'd do well against San Diego this Friday; this season he has a 2.57 ERA and .714 WHIP against the Padres.

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