More on the Giants, after their Monday night 2-0 victory over the hot-hitting San Diego Padres--another shutout, this one while committing four fielding errors, the first time in more than 80 years a Giants team has shut out the opponent with that many errors. The difference: Madison Bumgarner, who took a no-hitter into the seventh, went 7 and a third giving up two hits.
Besides contagious high level of starting pitching and consistent relief pitching, what other factors account for recent success? Overall the new lineup is working, with Aoki replacing Pagan at leadoff, and Pagan feasting at .350 hitting third. And so far staying healthy. There's a nice rhythm to it, and at its best it works as last season's club did in the postseason. Run production is the chief problem--missing the key hit.
Panik in his second season is still very solid, Susac is a valuable addition again this year and deserves to stay with the club, Maxwell is fielding well and hitting for power, McGehee is not yet consistent at the plate, Crawford is off to a very good start, Posey's batting average is moving up closer to normal. Brandon Belt however is still floundering. He made two of the four errors tonight (though charged with only one of them), and though he had a double and is showing some signs of regaining power, he's still a bit flummoxed at the plate. If his fielding deteriorates and his hitting doesn't sharpen, it's a problem.
And even in this relative prosperity the Giants are still not hitting much, especially with runners aboard.
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