San Francisco Giants 7, Chicago Cubs 5: Giants put the X on the Cubs
Lead: 4.5 games
Magic number: 24
When the Giants signed Xavier Nady to a minor-league deal early last month, no one was really sure what they were getting from the oft-injured veteran outfielder.
After two games, the Giants are getting quite a bit.
Nady went 2 for 2 with a double and two walks. He scored two runs, and it was his ninth-inning walk that sparked a two-run rally in the ninth, leading the Giants to a win.
The victory gave the Giants a 5-1 road trip. Given they were playing the two worst teams in the NL, it was a good results. But only slightly more than expected.
In two games with the Giants, Nady is 3 for 5 with two doubles, two runs, two walks and three RBI.
In fact, the Giants scored three runs in the third, two in the sixth and two in the ninth. All three of those rallies were ignited by Nady: a single in the third, double in the sixth and walk in the ninth.
On Monday, the Salinas native will play in his first game as a Giant in AT&T Park. Over his career as a visiting player, Nady has hit .299 with 1 HR and 6 RBI in 77 at-bats at AT&T Park.
And the change of scenery won’t be the only change. Nady, who has worn No. 68 in his first two games with the Giants, will wear No. 12 on Monday, Nate Schierholtz’s old number.
With the success he’s been having so far, why would Nady want to change anything?
“Hopefully, it’s not the jersey that affects you,” Nady said.
Probably not, but why risk it?