Giants Are Getting It Done A Different Way Every Day
The Giants are coming off a World Series title in 2012, a season in which they were clearly led by their pitching staff despite the fact that they also have the reigning N.L. MVP Buster Posey. This season, early as it, the Giants have shown the ability to win, and lose, a variety of different ways.
To start, the Giants starters went the first 4 games without allowing an earned run. 2 of those games turned into shutouts, including a 1-0 shutout in the home opener last Friday. In game 5, Ryan Voglesong gave up a run in the first inning to end the starters streak. The Giants gave up 6 runs, 1 less than in the first 4 games combined and 1 more earned run than in the first four games.
Matt Cain started the next game with 9 straight batters retired and then gave up a 9-spot in the 4th inning, the worst single inning for a Giants pitcher since 1902. After getting blown up in that game, the Giants then go on to sweep the Rockies in different fashion in each game.
They scored early in game 1 and held on for the close victory, came back from 2 different 4-run deficits in game 2, and won game 3, 10-0. These three games show how this year’s Giants team poised to be as good as last year’s team. Last year, they had a lot of games where they scored early and held on. Game 1 of this series was a lot like that, but games 2 and 3 showed off their offense and their tenacity.
More importantly, different people are contributing. Hunter Pence hit a homerun in the first inning of game 1 of the Rockies series, a three-run shot that held up for the rest of the game. Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homerun in the second game with the Giants trailing by four to get them back in the game. Today’s game was the breakout game for Buster Posey this season, with two-extra base hits and three RBI’s.
So in short, outstanding pitching, new hero’s every game, winning in different fashion every day. That’s a formula for repeating as champions.