More Splash Hits ends holdout for runs
Giants 4, Cardinals 1
WP: Lincecum (4-0)
Save: Wilson (3)
Record: 9-7, 2nd in NL West, 1 game behind San Diego.
More Splash Hits was getting so frustrated by the Giants inability to score runs that we decided, in a Ghandi-like move, to start a self-imposed strike of more blog posts until the Giants scored more than two runs in a game.
Well, it paid instant dividends as the Giants managed four runs in a win over the Cardinals, snapping a four-game losing streak.
And while it’s great to get a win, the Giants’ offensive woes and struggles with men in scoring posiition weren’t exactly cured on Friday night.
They hit into two more double plays and really should have hit into three. But a custom-made double-play ball off the bat of Aubrey Huff was muffed by Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker, allowing a run to score.
In fact, all of the Giants’ runs Friday were not the product of clutch hitting, but Cardinals fielding mishaps.
Andres Torres scored the first run when St. Louis shortstop Brendan Ryan committed an error. Then came Schumaker’s error. The Giants’ third run came when Nate Schierholtz beat out an infield single. That play was added when Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia did not cover first base quickly enough. And the final run scored on a wild pitch.
So there are still issues, but we’ll take the gifts and the win. The Giants had been in short supply of breaks in the past week.
The end result was another win by Tim Lincecum and a save for Brian Wilson. Jon Miller said at the conclusion of Friday’s game that Friday was Wilson’s first save opportunity in 10 days. But he must have misread his calendar. It was Wilson’s first save opp in 17 days. Wilson notched saves in the Giants’ first two games of the season, but had none since, until Friday. That’s because the Giants’ wins either came in extra innings or by four runs or more.
The Giants look to hand the Cardinals their first series loss of the year when Barry Zito takes to the mound against Adam Wainwright at 6 p.m. Saturday.