- Mike Fontenot is back on the bench for tonight's game against Arizona, but his performance in the Giants' 4-3 win over the Dodgers Wednesday should not be forgotten.
- It took until the first inning of Game 12 before the Giants got their first sacrifice fly.
- Belt leads the Giants in stolen bases with two. He may not win a footrace with Andres Torres, but he is one of the team's fastest baserunners.
- Pat Burrell may be playing for his future right now. Yes, he is tied with a handful of sluggers for second in the N.L. with four HRs, but he has only two other hits and is hitting .182 (6-for-33).
- Jonathan Sanchez remains agonizingly inconsistent enough to keep from taking his place among the elite left-handers. Yes, he got the win Wednesday, and he chalked up a so-called quality start (six innings and three earned runs). But he was dominant that night, and, but for two mistakes, should have come out unscathed.
"Just think. He didn't have that pitch (the split finger) at this time last year. He's really locked in. He's totally changed his entire image as a pitcher. It gives him a third pitch, gives him a third speed, another pitch he could throw on 3-2."But then he shook off Buster Posey, who was calling for a curve. And he laid a fastball that drifted over the heart of the plate that Barajas mashed for a two-run HR.
"That's one of those pitches that will get talked about when they get back to the dugout," Krukow said, rightly.
Sanchez' next mistake cost him another run. It came in the top of the sixth, with two outs and Thames on first. He'd struck out Juan Uribe and Barajas, his 7th and 8th strikeouts of the night, with No. 8 hitter Aaron Miles due up. Sanchez, pitching carefully to Miles, was aware that he had an escape hatch in pitcher Ted Lilly on deck, so fell behind 3-and-0. He got a strike and then got greedy, grooving a fastball that Miles drilled down the left field line for a triple, scoring even the slow-footed Thames from first for a 3-2 Dodgers lead.
Maybe Sanchez thought Don Mattingly was going to pinch hit for Lilly, and Sanchez preferred going after a No. 8 hitter than, say, Xavier Paul (who?) or Jamie Hoffman (who??). And maybe Miles' hit convinced Mattingly to keep Lilly in for another inning, which worked out for the best when he got lit up for the back-to-back jacks by Sandoval and Fontenot.
Obviously, Sanchez couldn't count on the fortuitous comeback for the Giants.
Here's Jon Miller's take:
"That's not only a mistake in location, but that's a mistake in philosophy."
"That's game management. If you see a pitcher on deck means you can't make a mistake of location."
Other than that, Sanchez was brilliant, with nine strikeouts on an otherwise sculptured and polished performance. And the Giants won, which makes it easy to forget the blemishes.