San Francisco Sweeps Colorado, but Next Road Trip Is Critical

Ranier Reglos Contributor IAugust 31, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 30:  Edgar Renteria #16 of the San Francisco Giants hits a grand slam home run that scored Fred Lewis #14, Arron Rowand #33 and Juan Uribe #5 after Renteria and gave them a 6-5 lead over the Colorado Rockies ini the seventh inning at AT&T Park on August 30, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It was a dominant Tim Lincecum, a Barry Zito curve ball, and an Edgar Renteria grand slam that helped the San Francisco Giants sweep the Colorado Rockies this past weekend.

No words can describe it...wait, what am I talking about? 

Two comeback grand slams, amazing pitching, awesome defensive plays, unsuspecting heroes, and add a little of that spice called drama and you get what the Giants and Rockies have done seven times in the last 10 days.

Now this is what we call exciting baseball!

Round one went to the Rockies, who took three out of four in Colorado. And with three games ahead of the Giants, all the Rockies could do was add to their Wild Card lead when they came into San Francisco.

Round two went a little differently, and for the Giants, revenge is "sweep."

It is simply amazing how so much can change within one week, because as it stands, San Francisco and Colorado are now tied for first place in the Wild Card standings.

While it has been great watching these two teams go at it, September is just around the corner, and this is where we truly separate the men from the boys.

Let's face reality, there is just one month of baseball left to be played, and remember when I said so many things can change in a week?  

How about a month? 

Every game is now crucial for the Giants and the Rockies. Not only are they playing for a Wild Card spot, but don't count out Florida and Atlanta, who just happen to be a couple of games behind the Wild Card leading teams.

Looking ahead, you don't have to be an expert to realize the Rockies have a favorable schedule compared to the Giants.

The Rockies have a 10-game home stand against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets, all of whom have not played well.

Meanwhile, the Giants go on the road against the offensive juggernauts that are the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers. That's before they start a home stand against the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and once again, wouldn't you know it, the Rockies will be in town once again.

It will be the Giants, not the Rockies, who will be tested these next two weeks.

Pitching, the Giants' strength all season long, will need to show why, along with the Dodgers, they are the best in the league. 

They have been just unbelievable playing at home, but if the Giants want to silence the critics, they need to win this road series.

And if they do win on the road, they will further cement their playoff hopes.

There has been a playoff drought in San Francisco that has gone on far too long, and this would be such a delight for Bay Area fans. 

It's as simple as this for the Giants.

Play time is over. It's time for them to show the baseball world what they are all about.