So, it seems the Giants have a pretty good Triple-A team this year.
With the major league rosters expanding at the start of September, the Giants got some big contributions from some relative unknowns to down the Diamondbacks 8-2 and take a three-game series in the desert. In his first game back with the big club, second baseman Tony Abreu made the defensive play of the game on a rocket off the bat of Miguel Montero to turn a sweet backhanded nab into a tailor-made double play.
But the big story continues to be the emergence of Yusmeiro Petit. In just three appearances this season, the right-hander has proved he belongs in the big leagues. And Sunday’s outing may be the best of his career. In returning to Arizona – where he posted a 9-19 record from 2007-09 – Petit dealt for six innings while notching a career-high 10 strikeouts to up his record to 2-0.
Still, it was the Giants big boppers that showed up in Arizona. Through the heart of the order Sunday, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, and Pablo Sandoval combined to go 8 for 13 with four RBIs and five runs scored. In the series, the trio went 16 for 35 at the plate, even though the Giants scored just four runs through the two games of the series.
As a Giants fan, I’ve got to admit, it was good fun kicking in Arizona’s teeth. While the Giants have all but been eliminated from the pennant race, the Diamondbacks are still very much in the hunt, but with Sunday’s loss they fall to six games off the wild-card bracket behind the Reds.
For the Giants, the pivotal series win seems more personal though. Friday night, the Chase Field security Nazis once again invoked one of the stupidest rules in baseball by forcing the Giants fans sitting behind home plate to remove their San Francisco garb. Of course, this isn’t exactly breaking news. The national media covered the story earlier this year when two Dodgers fans befell a similar fate. And yes, Giants fans, if you didn’t stick up for the Dodgers fans in that situation, shame on you.
The two kids behind the plate Friday night got the last laugh though. They politely threw on the requisite Diamondbacks colors to remain in their TV seats, until, that is, the ninth inning, when they dawned their Sergio Romo jerseys to back the Giants’ closer en route to his nailing down a 1-0 Giants win.
With weekend play all said and done though, the most notable thing is that, for three days, the Giants looked like the defending World Champs. Yes folks, the orange-and-black is still one of the best teams on the planet. Especially when they come to play.