Wednesday's game got off to a lousy start, as Bumgarner served up three home runs. His final line was: 2.2 IP, 7 ER, 3 HR.
The Giants were at one point facing a 10-1 deficit against the Cincinnati Reds; but they rallied back. They rallied and rallied and rallied, scoring 10 runs in their third consecutive game.
With an 11-10 lead, the Giants couldn't hold on, and would end up losing 12-11 in 12 innings, thanks in part to a throwing error by Pablo Sandoval, who really should be moved to first base ASAP.
In what's become sort of a tradition, here are the multi-hitters from Wednesday:
- Pablo Sandoval, 4 for 6
- Mike Fontenot, 2 for 4, 2 R
- Andres Torres, 2 for 7, 2 RBI
- Jose Guillen, 2 for 5, 2 R
- Juan Uribe, 3 for 6, 1 HR, 3 RBI
- The pitchers shouldn't receive all of the blame. As I've said numerous times, the defense playing behind them is mediocre. Rowand can't cover half the range that Torres covers (that is when Rowand actually plays). Burrell, Guillen, and Sandoval are slow and cover minimal range at their respective positions. And Uribe has had hamstring problems, which have sapped his speed (not that he was ever too fast to begin with...).
- Pablo Sandoval remains on fire. The old Pablo is back. Not officially. But it appears so. Nothing is official until all of the games are over. But when the season's done, I think we'll be looking back at a great September Pablo Sandoval.
- Nate Schierholtz had yet another pinch hit. Guillen was playing right in the 12th inning in a close game. That should have been Nate out there. Defense is important in close games. Bochy doesn't seem to appreciate the value of a good defense.