Besides coming from behind against the Chicago Cubs to go ahead in the 9th for the win, the San Francisco Giants won the series and have maintained a 4.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday. The Giants put forth a gritty effort to win after falling being 3-5 in the bottom of the 5th, they relied on their bullpen to shutdown the Cubs for 4 innings as starter Matt Cain gave up 5 earned runs over his 5 innings. The Giants keep finding ways to win and have proven to be a potent offense as of late. Now they must put it all together over an important 6 game home stand with 3 games against the Diamondbacks and 3 games against the Dodgers.
On the day, Pablo Sandoval went 2-5 with a RBI. This was his first multi-hit game since August 18th. Over that time span the Panda saw his once respectable batting average drop from .300 to as low as .281 prior to Sunday’s game. Although his batting average dropped he did stay productive over that 14 game period by scoring 7 runs and knocking in 11 RBI’s. Pablo still has yet to homer since the All-Star break with his last home run coming right before the break on July 8th.
As mentioned in my previous posts, the Panda normally heats up in August and sees better power numbers in general during the second half of seasons. This has warranted some attention, for although the Giants have been winning they can be a better team if Pablo produces the way he should. Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and the bottom of the order have given him plenty of opportunities to drive in runs from the 3rd spot in the batting order but his dip in hits and power numbers may not have hurt the team too much with Buster Posey swinging a hot bat behind him but they will need an improvement from him going forward with postseason aspirations.
This drop in productivity has warranted attention with a slew of reasons being given from his two injuries which put him on the disabled list twice and of course the most common reason given for any failure he may have, his weight. San Francisco Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area wrote this great article on the topic. Check it out and see what Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy had to say.
With a solid month off games left in the regular season, all against National League West opponents it will be interesting to see if Pablo can finish the season strong and help the Giants close out the season in the same position they are currently in all without Melky Cabrera.
Here are the Panda’s season totals through Sunday.
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by Raul Rekow Jr.