Saturday, July 21, 2012

12 over .500

That, ladies and gentleman, is where your San Francisco Giants are now after eking out a 6-5 vic in Philly in extras. It's the high mark of the season at 53-41 and translates out to a 92-70 record. They got there in a wacky way thanks to a redemptive move by Gregor Blanco, as Henry Schulman explains in his game story for the SF Chron -- 


The Giants' most frustrating moment came in the eighth inning of a 5-5 game with Posey at third base and one out. Blanco, who entered the game when Angel Pagan was ejected, missed a suicide-squeeze sign, and Posey was tagged out.
In confirming the missed sign, manager Bruce Bochy said, "We weren't trying a kamikaze play with Buster."
Before Blanco came to bat in the 10th against Jonathan Papelbon with runners on the corners and one out, Bochy gave him the option to try a safety squeeze.
Blanco noticed Friday that Utley and Howard were not moving well after their respective knee and foot injuries. When the count reached 3-1, Blanco employed the element of surprise and dropped a perfect bunt up the first-base line. Howard charged it, but Utley was late getting to first base. Blanco had a single without a throw, and Cabrera scored the go-ahead run.
"I said to myself, 'I'm going to have another opportunity to win this game,' " Blanco said. "When the count got to 3-1, I thought that was the right moment to bunt it. I did, and it worked."

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