Saturday, August 18, 2012

Road sweet road

Another road win tonight for the Orange and Black, who are now 11-4 on the road since the All-Star break! Why do I know this? Henry Schulman tweeted this while the game was still going on.  --


In 19 home games since break, Giants are 9-10 and been outscored 86-70. In 14 road games they are 10-4 while outscoring foes 103-45. 

My comment -- Schulman has been a strong tweeter for quite some time, which is a smart way to go when you have to get a final game story filed quickly for the Chronicle. Had I been writing it, I would have probably said something like "Overcoming Barry Zito's reversion to crappiness, the Giants came from behind for a stirring 8-7 vic that left them in first place."

San Diego -- - If you can't win at home, win on the road. If you struggle against the better teams, you had best crush the weak.
This is the roadmap the Giants have followed in the second half. It might not be the best route to the playoffs, but it has kept them pointed in the right direction. With 42 games left, the Giants lead the West by half a game.
With Saturday night's 8-7 comeback victory, the Giants improved to 8-3 against the Padres, the division's fourth-place team. They also are 8-3 against the cellar-dwelling Rockies, but 4-5 against both Los Angeles and Arizona.
Moreover, the Giants improved to 11-4 since the All-Star break on the road, where they have outscored the opposition 111-50. At home, they are 9-10 and have been outscored 86-70.
In clinching their series at Petco Park, the Giants overcame a 4-1 deficit and broke a 5-5 tie in the seventh with two runs off reliever Brad Brach. Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval singled and scored, respectively, on a Buster Posey sacrifice fly and a Joaquin Arias single.
Jose Mijares, the second of six to pitch in relief of Barry Zito, retired his two batters to earn his first Giants win.


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