Talk about the tales of two extremes. First, the ‘Stros…
The Giants improved to 6-0 against the boys from Houston this year after a sweep of the soon to be rebuilding ballclub. The Giants, who previously had lost three in a row at home against the Padres, came back to somewhat salvage their short 6 game home stand, finishing with a 3-3 record. Credit the Astros, who never gave up this series, battling all nine innings in each of the three games, but they continually fell short. The obvious highlight of the series was the 15 pitch battle to end Saturday’s afternoon game. With the bases loaded and the Giants struggling to hold onto a one run lead, Kaz Matsui and Brian Wilson dueled off in one of the most impressive batter/pitcher battles I’ve ever seen. Matsui fouled off pitch after pitch, almost all after the count was 3-2. Wilson had to throw nearly 10 perfect pitches as a walk would have allowed the game tying run to score – and throw perfect pitches he did. On the 15th pitch of the at-bat, Matsui hit a semi deep fly ball to left field, ending the game in what has become an instant classic to say the least. Sunday afternoon was no different as the final out once again came down to Matsui and Wilson, again with the equalizing run on base. This time, the battle was short, and Matsui was retired on a tight inside slider and the Giants swept the Stro’s for the second time this year.
Now, the Giants head to America’s Finest City to take on the Friar’s who they’re 0-6 against this year. The Padres, after sweeping the Giants last week, returned to their friendly Petco confines only to be swept by the surging Dodgers.
Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez will take the mound for the short two game series, before the Giants head off to Arizona later this week.