So here’s the starting line-up for the night against the Cincinnati Reds: SS Burris, 3B Tejada, 2B Sanchez, RF Ross, LF Burrell, 1B Huff, CF Rowand, C Stewart, P Vogelsong
This is probably the worst line-up of the season for the Giants. So of course the team ends up with 11 hits and a win, coming on PH Nate Schierholtz’s bases-loaded, two out single to score the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. Giants win 3-2.
Of note, back-up back-up catcher Chris Stewart got his first hit of the season (and his first hit since 2007) in the bottom of the 5th, bunting his way on base. However, he ended the game with 6 LOB. The SF beat writers have reported that when Pablo Sandoval returns from the DL, he’ll likely serve as the back-up catcher. At this point this is a better than good idea – having to play Stewart even occasionally is brutal.
Miguel Tejada definitely looked like a man playing for his major league career this week. In addition to his two doubles on the night, he managed some defensive wizardry when he deflected a ball of his shin directly to Brandon Crawford to get a force out at second. Worth watching.
On the other hand, Manny Burriss played like a man who couldn’t wait to get back to Fresno. Between his error on a ball hitting off his glove and heading into left field, his CS, and his popped up bunt attempt, Burriss just looked overmatched on both offense and defense. Unfortunately, with Freddy Sanchez’s dislocated shoulder (suffered while making a diving stop on the ball in the 5th inning), Burriss is the only healthy 2B on the team right now so we’ll be seeing plenty of him.
Sanchez will have an MRI on the injured right shoulder (which the team medical staff popped back in, apparently) in the morning, but the team has no idea of the severity of the injury or how long he’ll be out. A stint on the DL seems likely at this point.
In other news, Mike Fontenot came out of his rehab game after 4 innings tonight with tightness in his groin, putting his return anytime soon in question.
The San Francisco Giants’ new slogan – Together We’re Broken!