They needed this one. On the strength of Buster Posey's second grand slam in his last five games, the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 6-0. A victory, yes, but a victory at home.
Ryan Vogelsong pitched 6 innings of shutout ball, but Madison Bumgarner did the same the night before, only better: he had 13 strikeouts in 7 plus innings, and a shutout into the 8th. But the Giants had scored just two runs, and a two-strike double brought in two runs for the Padres. The game stayed tied until San Diego won 3-2 in extras.
That was the first game of the homestand, and brought back melancholy memories of the last one. But Wednesday's victory at least changed the mood. The Giants are even more hitter-depleted than the last homestand, with their potent hitter Aoki injured, and Hunter Pence now not expected back for weeks. They are about to get richer in starting pitchers with Peavy and Cain returning, but it's bats they need.
Good things in the batting department though: Blanco is hitting well, and now so is Joe Susak. He had his first triple tonight, and scored the sixth run.
Odd thing about those two Posey grand slams. Today I had just turned on the radio, and the first pitch I heard called was the one he slammed. Something very similar happened in the game in LA, although I think the home run call had just been made. So I'm improving. As I tuned in I was thinking that what the Giants needed the most was a big win. And turns out they got it.