Well, you can’t complain much about that series. The Giants had already given a few games away to the Dodgers and Padres. It was very thoughtful of Colby Rasmus to let Miguel Tejada’s drive kick of his heel on Saturday. Pay it forward, kid.
Speaking of Tejada, that AB against Franklin was a moment where a number came to life for me. Specifically, it was Tejada’s career strikeout percentage, which is only 12% (league average is usually around 19%). Sure, Franklin doesn’t have what you think of as closer stuff, but he put a lot of pretty nice pitches right along the black. Tejada, however, seemed to be practicing some lost form of martial arts that were solely designed to foul off well placed breaking pitches. It took 12 pitches for Franklin to miss over the plate, and Tejada destroyed it when he did.
This is probably what a reasonable year from Miguel Tejada would feel like. Mounting frustration builds up over a few days his with below average defense and then is wiped away by a couple big hits. So long as he doesn’t go too long in between offensive outbursts, he’ll probably keep me happy.
The game on Sunday felt like kind of a give away. Sure it was annoying to see Kyle Lohse look like an ace, but it was to a lineup full of Whitesides and Schierholtzes. Hopefully that leaves the regulars well rested for the series against the Dodgers.