When Buster Posey hit the DL, Freddy Sanchez elevated his game, and shouldered the offensive load.
As a result, losing Sanchez is doubly painful—beside missing out on all of Sanchez's production, the Giants lost the emotional leader who brought the team back from the catastrophic Posey injury.
Championship teams have to overcome adversity, and that's what the San Francisco Giants did when they lost their star catcher.
The problem is they also lost the catalyst for their resurgence. That forces the team to overcome a loss of a key player for the second time, a doubly tall order.
San Francisco appears to be doing just fine even without Sanchez—great pitching will keep even the worst offensive teams relevant.
But you have to wonder how long the Giants can keep it up. If they start to flag, unable to come up with the big hit late in games, it'll be the Sanchez injury we'll look to.