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Aaron Rowand has had plenty of reasons to high-five teammates in April
Interestingly enough, the Giants most valuable player for the first month of the season is not on anyone's short list for making the National League All-Star team this summer. And in all likelihood, he won't.
But when Andres Torres was sidelined due to an Achilles injury, Aaron Rowand got a shot and took advantage of it.
Rowand delivered the game-winning hit in the Giants' 5-4 home opener victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on April 8, getting the walk-off hit in the home opener for the second straight season.
Then, on April 24, Rowand hit a clutch two-run double to put the Giants ahead in the seventh inning to cap off a furious late game comeback against the Atlanta Braves. Though the Giants would go on to lose that game, Rowand came up big.
Most recently, in a game that was as close to a must-win as you can get this early in the season, Rowand produced virtually all of the offense in the Giants' 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 28.
San Francisco had been shut out, 2-0, the previous night and had seen their once productive offense go deathly silent. That's when Rowand came through with two doubles and a steal of home to give the Giants the spark they needed.
Had it not been for Rowand's 3-5, three RBI performance in Pittsburgh that day, the Giants could have lost the series to the Pirates, dropping six out of their last seven games. That could have led to many Giants fans pressing the panic button.
Rowand is hitting .286 with one home run and 8 RBI. Though several Giants, including Sandoval and Posey, have better numbers, no one has delivered more clutch hits so far than Aaron Rowand.
Andres Torres will return from the disabled list soon, and whatever happens with Aaron Rowand the rest of the season, he's had an April to remember.