Thursday, September 20, 2012

Your torture-free San Francisco Giants

At a time when other teams are sweating it out, the Giants magic number dropped to six thanks to the Nats and then to five thanks to the Rox.

Pour it on, guys!

Sounds like Sandoval is back in the groove, per Henry Schulman's game story for the SF Chron. And Matt Cain continues to pitch like an ace -- 


Cain is 14-0 this season when he gets at least three runs of support. He had that three batters in after Angel Pagan singled, Marco Scutaro doubled to match his career high in hits for a season at 174 and Sandoval nine-ironed a Tyler Chatwood slider off the right-field foul pole. It might have hit Sandoval in the foot had he not made contact.
Sandoval had not homered since July 8, a total of 161 at-bats, and heard about it at the cage from Cain and Madison Bumgarner, who had the right to yak because he homered last week.
"It seemed like he hadn't hit a home run since like three years ago," Cain said. "Bum gave him some grief. He put a good swing on the pitch. He definitely needed that and he didn't sit on it. He had two more hits."
Sandoval was able to laugh about the end of his drought, saying, "It's about time." He also said he was not really fretting it, though Bochy figured otherwise and said he believes the home run was an important psychological milestone to overcome.
Sandoval is 6-for-12 in the series, another good sign for the Giants.

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