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Giants Reclaim First – Avoid Sweep

By Bryan Rose
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Boy oh boy, that could have been disastrous. And while it wasn’t great, or even good, the Giants avoided a complete meltdown Sunday afternoon with a pillaging of the Brew Crew, propelling them back atop the National League West division.

Jose Guillen (looks around in fear for saying his name…*gunshots*) got the party started with a grand slam in the bottom half of the first and the Giants never looked back. Cody Ross who lead off the game actually hit a ball into the left field corner that clearly went over the fence, but Ryan Braun vultured the ball, bringing it back into play for an impressive out. The grand slam a few batters later erased that momentary “you’ve got to be kidding me” moment. Guillen later added a two run bases loaded single, capping off his 6 RBI game with the other three runs curtsy of a Pat Burrell dinger into left.

Barry Zito won a game, finally. I’ll wait for you to pick your jaw up off the floor.

*waits*

Zito pitched well as he did in his previous start, hopefully a sign of things going forward but this time he was rewarded with a win – his first in over two months. Ouch.

With the win, the Giants escaped their previous nights hold on second place as the Cardinals helped out the G-men yet again, beating the Padres for the third time in four opportunities. The loss could have sent the Padres into a tie with the Rockies for second place, but a late come back in Los Angeles by the Dodgers ended that potential situation as AJ Ellis hit an RBI single in the 11th to end the Rockies hope of a sweep.

With the Rockie and Padre losses, the Giants now hold a half game lead over the Friars and 1.5 over the Dingers.

Notes:

  • Bruce Bochy informed local media that Andres Torres has recovered very quickly from his appendectomy and could very well be ready by Friday when the Giants play the Rockies in Denver. It’s a best case scenario, but, it appears Torres will return prior to season end…welcoming news.
  • In addition to Torres hopefully returning in Denver, Rockies manager Jim Tracy says the Rockies “could” alter the rotation which would allow Ubaldo Jimenez to pitch in the series, but, have “no plans” of doing so and they’ll stick with the scheduled rotation which does not involve Jimenez. Yea. We’ll see about that….
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