Alfonso Soriano might not want to play for the San Francisco Giants – but he certainly felt like tormenting them through the final three meetings between the clubs. But gloaters never prosper, right? Or something like that….
Soriano, who homered Friday night against the Giants did so again today, this time in the bottom of the fifth against Matt Cain. With the wind blowing in, the Cubs left fielder launched a moonshot into the left-center bleachers, gawking at his monster smash – drawing the ire of both the Giants’ bench and their fans watching at home. But as so many have come to learn with Soriano, what he giveth, he taketh, as his spotty defense was the ignition for a Giants comeback. After an Xavier Nady double, Brandon Belt hit a deep fly ball to Soriano who misplayed the eventual triple, scoring Nady, bringing the deficit to a lone run. A wild pitch moments later allowed the Giants to tie the game after trailing 5-3. The Giants then finished off their comeback thanks to a two-run ninth, both Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaroearning RBI singles in the frame – giving the orange and black a 7-5 victory and a series win.
Call Me, Nady – For the second day in a row, Xavier Nady sparkled offensively, today throwing the deuces up across the board. X-Man got two hits in two plate appearances with two base on balls and two runs scored, not to mention starting both late rally’s thanks to his sixth inning double and ninth inning walk. Nady was replaced by Gregor Blanco who eventually stole second and scored what would be the winning run, a combo that could prove vital for the Giants down the stretch. The addition of Nady gives the Giants a bit more offensive punch in the bottom half of the order, and while he’ll have his slumps, his bat for a few innings when matched with Blanco’s defensive/speed replacement ability should give the Giants a much more reliable option in the bottom half of the lineup.
Comeback Kids – Ho hum, another day, another comeback. Sure, their last three comebacks have come against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs, but comebacks are comebacks for the G-Men, even against lesser competition. We saw the Giants struggle after getting down last year, but there’s a sense of ability to mount a rally this year when in need – something nobody felt during last seasons injury riddled campaign. Confidence is confidence, no matter where it comes from and the Giants have their swag level on high right now.
The Giants will return home for a Labor Day, 1:15 PM start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who’ve given the Los Angeles Dodgers all they could handle this weekend. The two franchises will get awfully comfortable with each other in the next few weeks as the two sides will meet NINE times through the 27th of September.
San Francisco also finished the non-NL West portion of their schedule with the victory over the Cubs, only fellow NL Wester’s remain – and they wont leave California after September 16th, a soft schedule on paper, at least.
The Giants had so many reasons to overlook two of baseball’s worst teams, but with a 5-1 road trip, it’ll be all smiles on the flight home.