Friday, September 21, 2012

Not since Randy Winn

The Nats are in the postseason as the Yankees of the West continued to look sickly. The Dodgers are now 10 games out with 12 games left. Tasty!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Kroner's game story in the SF Chronicle notes that Sandoval's homers from either side of the plate have not been done by a Giant since Randy Winn did it four years ago --

Sandoval got after it in the series against the Rockies. He went 8-for-16, and on Wednesday night, he hit a three-run homer in the first inning, his first home run since July 8.
On Thursday afternoon, Sandoval hit his first home run since Wednesday night. Sandoval took Jorge De La Rosa deep to left in the first for the game's first run.
It was Sandoval's 10th homer of the season, only his second hitting right-handed.
De La Rosa made his season debut; he had Tommy John surgery last year. The lefty departed with two outs and two on in the Giants' six-run fourth inning.
Sandoval greeted right-handed reliever Edgmer Escalona by driving an 0-2 pitch over the wall in right. Just like that, the Giants owned a 7-2 lead.
Not only was it the first time Sandoval homered from each side of the plate in a game with the Giants, he said it was the first time he'd done it in his life.
"I'm confident at home plate," Sandoval said. "I feel great at home plate."
Sandoval hadn't looked so great over the past two months, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring strain.
Said Pagan: "Something you cannot lose is your confidence when you're at the plate. (Sandoval) just kept believing. He kept working in the cage, trying to get back to his swing - and finally got it."
The last time the Giants had a player homer from each side of the plate in a game came Aug. 30, 2008, when Randy Winn did it at Cincinnati.
The only time this season before Thursday that the Giants hit back-to-back homers came April 11 in Denver when Nate Schierholtz and Brandon Crawford turned the trick.
Add Sandoval and Buster Posey to the list. Posey took Escalona deep to left-center. As Posey headed to the dugout following his 23rd homer of the season, the AT&T Park faithful serenaded him with an "M-V-P" chant.
The fans could celebrate a division title this weekend with the Padres in China Basin for a three-game series.
As for the Dodgers, in his postgame news conference, Bochy said he wouldn't be watching the L.A.-Washington game that was just beginning. He was going to dinner instead.
"I've seen enough baseball today," Bochy said. "I've said this: 'It's up to us to take care of business.' "


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