SF Giants News

Giants Rolling – Beat Ace Halladay

By Bryan Rose

First off, apologies for the lack of updates – things have been crazier around here than they’ve been at AT&T Park…

As for the Giants, I’m not sure what to say. The offensive has been awful, per the usual. They’ve been lucking out with some spotty opposing defense, and if that wasn’t enough – they’ve just beat two potential Cy Young candidates in the last three days. The Giants, thanks to some terrific pitching and eye gouging defense by the Cardinals, were able to take 2 of 3 from the NL Central leading Redbirds. The Giants reluctantly pressed their luck, dealing with Albert Pujols while men stood at bases all series but they escaped un-harmed with some uber clutch pitching.

The Phillies, fresh off losing 2 of 3 to the Arizona D’Backs (in Zona) sent out their 4-0 ace (and early front runner for the Cy Young), Roy Halladay with hopes to stop the bleeding. It didn’t work. Mark DeRosa lined a two strike bullet into left field bringing in the Panda and Edgar Renteria, striking the Giants with an early 2-0 lead. The Giants added another the following inning before Halladay settled down, but it was too late. The Phillies did eventually scratch across a run, which the Giants matched with a foul pole dinger off the bat of Eli Whiteside.

Jonathan Sanchez was money again for the third consecutive start. Sanchez struggled with his command, partly thanks to C.B. Buckner’s odd strike zone, but made big pitch after big pitch when needed.

It looks like Dirty Sanchez might have finally turned the corner we all hoped he would…

Phillies trot out death Jamie Moyer tonight and Cole Halmes tomorrow afternoon who will be opposed by Tim Lincecum.