Thursday, March 13, 2008

March 12th

Dave Roberts, Randy Winn and Benjie Molina were the offensive stars of the day. Roberts led off and was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Dave hit a rare 2 run HR in the 3rd, a line shot that cleared the fence between the bullpen and the RF foul pole. In the 1st inning Roberts also hit a very deep ball to the warning track in dead CF that was chased down and caught. I was thinking double or triple as the ball left the bat.

Randy Winn batted third and went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. His first AB was a rocket shot line drive that was caught by the secondbaseman. Randy is really swinging the bat well as he raised his average to .381.

Molina continues to produce since returning from his injury. He also had 2 hits (2 for 3) both of them 2 out RBI singles. Both of Benjies "singles" were hit into the RCF gap. Pretty much any other player of the team would have had 2 doubles, but Benjie just jogged to 1B. I assume his quadraceps is still bothering him. Benjie is now hitting .444 on the spring.

Though 5 runs would be enough to win many games, that wasn't the case today. The offensive production was hurt by a couple of things. First, pretty much no one not named Roberts, Winn or Molina did much of anything. The only other hit in the game was a Rich Aurilia single. It didn't help that the #2 hitter, Ray Durham had a big 0 for 4 batting in between Roberts and Winn. The real killer was that after the Giants scored their 4th and 5th runs in the 5th........they went down in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th without so much a single base runner. 12 up......12 down. Of those 12 outs only 2 balls were hit in the air......a pop up to RF and a soft looping liner to RF. The remaining 10 outs were on 6 groundballs and 4 strikeouts. Absolutely not one ball hit with any authority in the last 4 innings.

Yet another "not good day" for the Giants.

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