Thursday, July 24, 2014


That's the Giants' record on the road this year. I heard the Phils announcers mention it as the second best road  record in MLB.

So they've now had Jonathan Papalbon blow back to back games in 9th -- last night on Buster's homer and tonight on Pence's bases-loaded double. 

It reminded me of the back-to-back blown saves last month by Romo against the Rox. Anyhow, this team is playing well and winning on the road. From Henry Schulman's game story for the SF Chron --

In Wednesday night's 3-1 victory, the Giants' sixth in seven games, a fourth-inning rain delay would have created a "nightmare" for manager Bruce Bochy and his bullpen, as he put it, had it gone longer than an hour and he felt forced to replace Madison Bumgarner.
It lasted 58 minutes, Bumgarner was able to finish eight shutout innings, and a relief corps that was spent after working 15 innings the previous two nights took the night off, save for Santiago Casilla's one-inning save.
Every close umpire's call seemed to cheer the other side when the Giants were losing 22 of 32. In the ninth inning Wednesday, with two outs, the bases loaded and no score, Jonathan Papelbon threw a 2-2 curveball that appeared to nip the outside corner.
Umpire Vic Carapazza called it ball three, though, and Hunter Pence lived to win the game with a bloop double in front of right fielder Marlon Byrd that scored Gregor Blanco, Brandon Crawford and Hector Sanchez, the normally impatient catcher who walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases.
Stuff happens, they say, but the better a team plays, the more fortunate its "stuff" seems to be.
Bumgarner earned his 12th win, tying him for the National League lead, and said it feels as though the Giants have reached a long-sought turnaround.
"We're playing a different kind of ball now than we were when we weren't doing so good," he said.


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