The Giants haven’t scored many runs, but their pitching has looked quite good at times. Excluding last night’s 8-run outburst, since April 16th the Giants have scored a total of 7 runs — or 1.4 runs per game. The Giants have the 2nd lowest team wOBA in the baseball at the moment. Their score of .293 — league average wOBA tends to be around .330 — is superior to only the Oakland Athletics and their wOBA of .281.
The low scoring trend continued today when the Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 1-0. Zito hurled 7 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 5 and walking none. Very nice to see from Zito, but if you watched today’s game, my favorite moment was in the 8th inning when the Padres had a runner on third base with 1 out and the Giants brought in Jeremey Affeldt to face the Padres top hitters — Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez.
(The 2 sliders are most likely curveballs. Affeldt doesn’t throw a slider to my knowledge.)
.2 IP, 2 SO.
And then, in the 10th inning with Molina at the plate, this happened:
Molina whacked a low changeup off the left-center warning track for a game-winning walk-off ground rule double. An all around solid game from Zito, the bullpen, and a few Giants’ hitters.