Oh July, how I miss you so.
The first half of August has started incredibly rough for the black and orange – and this daunting roadie isn’t making things any easier. The Phillies made sure of that in the first game of their series with the G-men.
Aubrey Huff continued his massive slump (which he’s more than allowed) which hurt the Giants on more than one occasion, but he was far from alone.
The starting staff continued their struggles as well, tonights effort spearheaded by Barry Zito. Zito was unable to register a strikeout during his five innings, giving up two mini-bloops which resulted in four runs for the fightin’ Phills – and that was more than enough to take down the Giants.
Although the final score was 9-3, the game was only a one run event going into the bottom of the 8th. However, the wheels fell completely off as the Phillies blew it wide open after the Giants stranded the equalizer on 2nd in the prior top half.
What can you say?
There are games every year you look back on and question if they changed the course of a season. There are stretches you do the same. This, is one for the Giants. And not only is this one, this particular stretch very well could be a season swinging pendulum.
With only 42 games left, the Giants are quickly losing sight of the first place Padres. Is it impossible to catch them? No…but the Giants are going to need to win both remaining series and hope for some luck along the way for a shot, barring a total meltdown by the Friars. With the Phillies getting healthy and the Reds/Cardinals both looking strong, the Giants need to end their funk quickly before their hole is too deep to crawl out of.