It's unclear whether or not the Giants have managed to dig themselves out of their funk at the plate as the first two innings of this ballgame would suggest. The other seven innings point to a team that is still struggling to hit.
As the very least, the Giants were able to hit when it mattered most. The only real shame is the fact that two solid outings by Tim Hudson and Matt Cain were waisted. For the second start in a row, though, Tim Lincecum was rewarded for his efforts.
- Buster Posey. Of course, he would be the one to finally break the Giants' streak of offensive futility by blasting a 2-run homer to deep left center field in the first inning.
- Brandon Hicks. His walk was exemplary in the 2nd inning, but one could argue he impressed more with his heads-up base running, taking third base on a Brandon Crawford single up the middle to set up a scoring rally. His sliding stop to start a double play to end the 3rd inning was also stellar.
- Tim Lincecum. First, let's talk about Timmy's at-bat in the second inning with 1 out and runners at first and third. Although he was unable to lay down a bunt to move the runner on first over, he did a fine job working a walk to push Crawford over to second base. He also pitched well, going 6 IP, with 6 BB and 7 K.
- Angel Pagan. His one-out base hit to knock in 2 runs was exactly what the Giants have been lacking recently - a timely hit with RISP. Usually, Pagan is that runner, so it stands to reason that he would have to be the one to deliver here as well.
- Instant Replay. The Giants benefited from it again after Lincecum gave up a bases loaded triple to Chase Headley. Posey applied the tag on a sliding Xavier Nady, but the umpire called Nady safe. Replays overturned the call, and the Giants lead was preserved to 4-2, instead of 4-3, which is a big deal when you consider the Giants have been giving up more runs than they've been scoring recently and Lincecum would serve up a homer in the 7th inning to narrow the Giants' lead to 1 run.
- Sergio Romo. He made it far more interesting than it needed to be, but 5 save opportunities and 5 saves is what's up.
- Brandon Belt. He's never had a hit on his birthday in the big leagues. Of course, Belt put together some nice at bats and hit the ball well; it just didn't show up in the box score. The Padres did a nice job robbing the Giants of hits today.
- Everyone else. No hits after the second inning is not a good thing, and it will kill the Giants at Coors Field if they don't start raking now.
Speaking of getting robbed by the Padres today, Mike Krukow mentioned in the broadcast that perhaps this will help the team collectively get out of its funk since they'll worry less about mechanics and just go up to the plate with "half an attitude."
The Giants could use some swagger right now as they head to Colorado for yet another division series. Perhaps they will be able to do there what they could not do in San Diego. After all, what better remedy for a team struggling to hit than Coors Field, right?