Giants Sweep Mets In Double Header, Take Three Of Four In New York
By Bryan Rose
After a hot start to the season offensively, the Giants bats went into hibernation the past week, only managing 8 runs in their previous four games prior to reaching the Big Apple. Apparently, a cross-country flight was exactly what they needed as the Giants’ offense woke up and took three of four in Queens, improving their record to a very respectable 9-7 after starting the season 0-3.
Lincecum Has His Moments – It took a few starts, but Tim Lincecum got his first win of the season thanks to some potent offense and solid defensive play behind him.But while Lincecum looked better, he still is clearly a work in progress. Tim came out of the gates on fire, looking every bit of the Lincecum we’ve all become accustom to, however, as the game progressed Lincecum’s release point began to escape him resulting in a loss of the strike zone. His velocity was up to start the game, but once the release point was not to be found, the fastball lost 2-3 mph and Lincecum struggled to keep anything in the strike zone, resulting in an early high pitch count that sealed his day by the end of the fifth inning. That said, for the most part, he did make pitches when he had to and the anxiety ridden bats of the Mets helped out the strikeout totals as Lincecum amassed eight K’s en route to his fourth consecutive victory over the other New York team. For Timmy, it wasn’t what he wanted out of the start, but it was certainly something to build on and much better than his previous two outings.
Stay Hot Nate Schierholtz – Ten at bat’s, six hits. A HR, two triples, 3 RBI – all in one day. Can you say, production? Nasty Nate has been on an offensive terror lately and he’s showing no signs of slowing down, making hard contact with just about anything thrown in a two mile vicinity of his stick. Combine that with the solid defense and Nate’s doing everything he can to force Bochy’s hand by keeping him in the lineup. And given the results we’ve seen out of Aubrey Huff, hard to justify not doing so…
Giants’ Offense Loves The New Citi Field – If the Mets aren’t going to take advantage of the short porches at Citi Field, the Giants apparently will. As mentioned above, the Giants came into the New York series pretty cold offensively but the newly moved in fences were a delight to the black and orange as they racked up 21 runs and 43 hits in the four game series. The Giants slugged five HR’s, six doubles and two triples in the Queens tilt.
Winners of their past four series’, the Giants head to the sandbox in Cincinnati for three starting tomorrow before a much deserved nine game homestand.