The newest Giant wound up going 0-for-4 and was called out in the 9th looking on a pitch outside the strike zone by Dingbat Dale Scott.
After spending a year in Philly, I can't think of a more typical Giants game -- a 2-1 loss as the pitching was pretty brilliant and the offense (except Buster Posey's solo HR) stunk up the joint.
It's third 2-1 loss of the year for the Orange and Black. The previous one was on June 30 when Mat Latos outpitched Barry Zito, 2-1 and the offense (except Brandon Belt) stunk up the joint.
Lefty Malo believes that the deals to get Pence and Scutaro were the right deals. He'res most of the post --
I went back and looked, and this could be Brian Sabean's best trading
deadline since he nabbed Jason Schmidt and Andres Galarraga in late July
I say "could be" because you can't ultimately
evaluate trades without seeing the long-term ripple effects, and the
ripples have barely started rippling. (For more on the patented ELM
Three-Stage Trade Evaluation Method, guaranteed to impress bosses,
in-laws, and the girl next door, click here.)
But here's my short-term argument why Sabes has knocked it out of the park the past week:
The Giants needed infield depth. Getting Marco Scutaro was not just a
huge improvement upon Manny Burriss, whom he has replaced on the roster,
but it gave Bruce Bochy someone with a clue against right-handed
hitting so he could keep Joaquin Arias as a defensive replacement. And
all Sabean gave up was Charlie Culberson. Culberson might have a major
league career, but no one will look back and say "I told you so."
The Giants needed a power bat. As I wrote in the previous post, Hunter
Pence's home run numbers will likely shrink as he plays half his games
at Mays Field, but he's still a threat. The Giants needed another threat
in the lineup. Will he be a huge upgrade over the at-bats the Giants
will no longer give to Blanco/Pagan/Schierholtz? If a Bizarro Bochy was
filling out Bizarro Giant lineups in a parallel, non-Pence universe the
next two months, I'd guess the upgrade would be slight. Perhaps a win,
maybe two, of difference. But there's upside, too. Pence has skills. He
can get hot for two months and nudge that total a bit higher. Sabean got
Pence by trading from strength: Tommy Joseph is a promising young
catcher, sure, but to package him and a fourth outfielder (sorry, Nate)
for a consistently good, if not great right-handed power bat who won't
kill you with the glove was a strong trade. It's quite possible Nate
Schierholtz will combine a lot of starts and his new home yard's short
right-field porchto become one of the game's more valuable right
fielders. We would all be rooting for him. But that chance wasn't coming
in San Francisco.