Monday, July 06, 2009

Orange and Black All-Stars show how it's done

That would be Matt Cain and Pablo Sandoval, who showed why they deserved to be named All-Stars (yes, I know that Pablo probably won't lead the online voting for the last slot even though he has the early lead). Matt dominated into the 7th after a Renteria error in the 6th let the Fish have a couple of runs. Sandoval launched his first career grand slam in the 4th -- a no-doubter that Jon Miller said "sounded like a cannon shot." It was some nice payback to Sean West, who completely dominated the Orange and Black a month ago for his first MLB victory in Miami. In that first game, West gave up only 2 hits in 8 innings -- singles to Sandoval and Renteria -- to give the Giants a 29-27 record. Since then, the Giants have gone 16-10.

The SF Chronicle has a nice headline for Henry Schulman's game story -- Panda puts one on express. It was a good thing that Sandoval gave the Orange and Black a real cushion, what with Brian Wilson going the high-wire route in the 9th for a save after giving up two runs. Theo at Baseball Reflections makes the case for the Panda not just in numbers (his OPS tops any other third baseman in the NL) but in attitude -- It’s hard to define Sandoval solely by the numbers he puts up. To watch him play is like watching a yellow lab chasing a tennis ball in Golden Gate Park; pure joy, energy, and hustle.

He only got 4 walks last year but he's already up to 27 this year. He's now got 13 HRs and 48 RBIs. Hard to believe that he was at 2 homers and 11 RBIs (and 6 walks) in the first 31 games. Then he hit the miracle 3-run walkoff on May 12 and hasn't stopped hitting. So he's had 11 HRs and 37 RBIs in the next 51 games.


Anonymous Aneel said...

I absolutely love that quote by Theo.

10:45 AM  

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