Nate Schierholtz tied the game in the ninth inning with two outs and hits the go-ahead single in the top of the 11th with two outs. Although Lincecum did have a poor outing, the Giants were actually able to score runs against the Cardinals. One of the things the Giants gained with this victory was Bruce Bochy’s confidence in Nate Schierholtz,
“His playing time has increased and it will now with the game he had and the way he has been playing.” Really? Bruce let’s be honest here, sure Schierholtz is not the greatest hitter, but he plays well above average defense in the outfield and could be further along offensively if the Giants ever stuck with him consistently. As many Giants’ fans know, Bochy hardly ever expresses confidence in young players, and if they were to struggle for two straight days at the plate, he’d go right back to his veterans. Don’t get me wrong, Bochy is a hell of a manager, but he still ticks me off when he sticks with his veterans.
St. Louis tried to distract Brian Wilson by turning off the lights. When will manager Bruce Bochy turn off the lights on Miguel Tejada? “Miggy” went 0-6 batting second in the lineup and now he has a .210 batting average with a .233 OBP. Young Brandon Crawford hit that grand slam against the Brewers plus another clutch hit last night, and it may be the end for Tejada once Sandoval returns. Leaving Tejada second in the lienup should make even the heartiest fan question why Bochy won’t move him down in the order. This guy is well past his prime and just doesn’t have the bat speed to cover the inside part of the plate. With Crawford looking better in the field and much better at the plate with a .333 batting average it is time to say adios to Miguel Tejada.
Earlier this week I said, “all they need is a split and now they need to win this game for momentum into the next home stand.” Hate to say “I told you so” but…
The Giants have a great chance to finish the road trip with a winning record and a win against the Cardinals. San Francisco has always fared well against the Cardinals and the entire NL Central. Despite their sporadic offense the Giants are just a half game out of first place in the NL West.
About the Author
Written by Chris Tolbert
I am a huge San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and an even bigger Los Angeles Lakers fan. For all three of these teams I have a passion to deliver what the hardcore fan craves, as long as the casual fan. I am hear to critically analyze each and every play for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. Although I am a Laker fan I do not write for Los Angeles but it does not mean I won't drop a comment about them either.