Sunday, October 17, 2010

So little hitting, so little time

The Giants offense picked a terrible time to go into the dumper tonight -- a lineup that saw Andres Torres strike out four times and Juan Uribe sit out with a banged up wrist and Pablo Sandoval continue to sit, only so Ray Fontenot could be lousy. It was so putrid that Aaron Rowand is looking like he'll get to start Game 3, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Torres is probably still not fully recovered from his apendectomy but time is short. Fortunately, Cody Ross is on fire --

Ross' third homer of the series and fourth of the postseason broke up Oswalt's no-hit bid, Ross' standard operating procedure. His sixth-inning homer in Game 4 of the Division Series busted a Derek Lowe no-hitter and the first of his two homers in Game 1 of this series ended a string of 12 hitless innings by Roy Halladay.

The rest of the offense consisted of walks by Ross, Posey and Fontenot, two singles by Freddy Sanchez and a pinch single by Ishikawa.

I think it's time to start Pablo Sandoval. Fontenot's error in the first was huge -- it prevented Jonathan Sanchez from getting into a groove. Lefty Malo agrees with me, which makes me feel smart.


Anonymous Julian Levine said...

I don't know if I like Rowand starting over Torres in Game Three...what people don't really take into consideration is the defensive aspect. Torres is still WAY better than Rowand on defense, and in low-scoring games, getting to a ball in the gap can make all the difference.

12:48 AM  
Blogger aquaken said...

Analysis, and Bochy's explanation for the Game 3 lineup changes:

12:45 PM  

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