If this game didn’t give you a series of mini heart attacks, I don’t know what will.
This game had it all: Jonathan Sanchez pitching well, Jeremy Affeldt coughing up the lead in the 7th inning, a Sergio (gasp!) Romo sighting, a pinch hit two-run home run by Nate Schierholtz, and a game winning hit by Emmanuel Burriss. I don’t even know what the most absurd part of today’s game was. Burriss’ game winner against Brian Fuentes probably shocked me the most. Emmanuel Burriss is a career .290 wOBA batter, in plainer terms: he’s not very good at hitting baseballs. Yet, Manny rapped a opposite field single into right field to seal today’s game, and the sweep, against the Oakland Athletics.
Still, would it kill the Giants to win a couple of blowout games? This one run win business is starting to wear on me. By my count, the Giants have already won eight games in May by one run. Their record in May in one run contests? 8-0. How about their record on the entire season in one run games? 14-3, or a winning percentage of .823. The Giants have scored 66 runs in May vs. 62 runs allowed. Looking at the run differential you would expect the Giants to be much closer to playing .500 baseball than the .700 ball we’ve seen this month. Something to think about since it’s great when the Giants are winning out on these one run games, but a bad Affeldt inning here, or a missed play there, and that 8-0 record the could easily turn into something much less appealing.
Still, this isn’t a doom-and-gloom post, but right now the Giants are truly doing it by some combination of pitching, magic, luck, and Nate Schierholtz pinch hit dingers.