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Only One

Posted By Chris Tolbert On Jun 25 2011 @ 9:34 pm In San Francisco Giants | 1 Comment

The Giants just need to be up by one run and instantly they win.  No its not that simple but it seems to be that simple.  The Giants have won one run games quite unusual in most cases but today’s case may just be the one that takes the cake.  Tony Sipp, the Indians reliever balked in the winning run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of today’s heated struggle with the Cleveland Indians.  Honestly when the Giants are at home they seem to win only in unusual ways, but that is how this ball club gets wins.  Unbelievably a team that can not score and only wins close games has a 43-34 record.  The Giants have a 22-11 record in one run games which is a 66.7 percent clip.  Now can the Giants frustrate you?  Yes, but they seem to have taken on the personality of Bruce Bochy.

Matt Cain pitched another stellar performance going seven innings without allowing a run to score.  He’s been doing this his entire career but the past three seasons, he actually has wins to show for it.  He is a perfect example of how the Giants play and how even when it appears everything is against them, they just keep plugging along.  This will be an all-star year for Cain because Bochy is the manager and Cain has the most wins on the staff.

The Bruce Bochy hiring until last year seemed like another one of Sabean’s puppet managers.  But ever since that game against the Dodgers, where Mattingly came back to the pitcher’s mound, he noticed it and got Jonathon Broxton out of the game.  He just knows how to handle bullpens as a manager.  Look even at his career with the Padres, he never had many bad bullpen decisions.  Bochy is just the perfect manager for this team, who have a bunch of guys that nobody wanted, yet they band together and form an unbelievable team.  His patience and his work ethic day-to-day has really shown up with how the team plays, and how they will always find a way to win and capitalize on other team’s mistakes.

Now the Giants go for the sweep tomorrow against the Indians.  It will be another close one run game, I can guarantee it.  However, this is the first start since Bumgarner had that epic proportion of a meltdown against the Twins.  But like I mentioned earlier, this team moves on and never gets discouraged no matter what situation comes in front of them.  This series and the next series’ before the All-Star break could have the Giants ten games above .500.  But, the team still needs that bat to get through mid-july through August to take advantage of tired pitchers in the National League.

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