Well… so… mini-blowouts, blowouts and tight games. We’ve gotten some pretty good entertainment this weekend.
July 15th, 2011. In the scheme of blowouts, Giants vs. Padres game ranked with some of the best. If you’re looking at the 6-1 final score and wondering what’s up with me, then just believe me when I say that felt like a blowout/offensive explosion, overall nice game. We could call it a mini-blowout.
July 16th, 2011? That’s maybe a more classic blowout, featuring a Padres win, a 11-3 final score and a Zito meltdown of vaguely epic proportions. Painful doesn’t cut it. I mean, I would say that one blowout deserves another, except if that was going to happen, couldn’t we have at least scored a nice round 10 runs or something, before we gave it right back?
And then July 17th, 2011. Let’s just say the two teams together left 18 runners on and neither got even one extra base hit. It was a nail-biter and the Giants won 4-3 in the 11th with a suicide squeeze. That kind of game.
I think whether or not you’re a Zito fan like me, his start has to be disappointing and the one real downer of the series. It has so felt like he might be getting something good going. I said his third start back from the disabled list would be the catalyst, but I was wrong. This is what everyone’s going to remember.
Let me give you my favorite Zito analogy.
Zito when he’s doing well is a chocolate ice cream cone.
But when he goes… he goes fast. Like an ice cream cone in the sun.
Let’s do a little brightsideness! The offense has looked encouraging. While Pablo’s hit streak ended on Friday, he got it right back going, Tejada has looked- dare I say it?- okay, actually and Fontenot’s been a total sparkplug. Even Aubrey’s gotten a few hits. You have to get those sad games like Saturday’s out of the way and the Giants just took three out of four from San Diego. That feels absolutely magic to say. Not to mention that Matt came out victorious in the Matt vs. Mat matchup. Small pleasures, you know?
And don’t look now but he Rangers are on an, eh, 11 game winning streak. Say that aloud for good measure, okay? I am excited about this because a) that that means they have an identical record to the Giants (World Series re-match, anyone?) and b) I have a sneaking suspicion/dream that Jon Daniels will die his hair blonde again. And make pictures available to the media. In the meantime, this will have to do.