If the baseball season is a story that unfolds as spring becomes summer and summer becomes fall, then the San Francisco Giants would like to forget about spring. Or maybe use it as motivation to be better than they were in April, at least. Or maybe just tear out those pages altogether.
This month, the Giants suffered injuries to four position players and the ace of their staff. They are at the bottom of the NL West. Their offense has been catatonic and their pitching, subpar. They have lost six games in which they lost an early lead. Their skipper missed a two game series after he underwent an unexpected heart surgery. Just about any way you slice it, the Giants have had a rough go of it this month. Can they turn it around?
Following a three game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said his team needed a sense of urgency to snap out of the doldrums.
“Let’s be honest. It’s been a rough start and we’re not very good right now. I’m not saying we’re not very good — we are good, but we have to find a way to come out of this,” Bochy said.”What you have to be careful of is you can’t let any kind of complacency set in and say, ‘It’s early. We’ll be OK.’ I don’t want to hear that, either. We have to come out with some sense of urgency. All these games are important. You have to stay away from that attitude, too.”
Bochy helped establish that urgency when the Giants returned home to San Francisco and began a four game set with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Bochy shook up his lineup, moving Hunter Pence to the leadoff spot. Further, the Giants called up rookie phenomenon Christian Arroyo, who had been tearing up AAA with a batting average over .400, and veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs, to help energize the beleaguered club. It worked. The Giants won the first game of the series 2-1, thanks in large part to a stellar start from the longest tenured Giant, Matt Cain.
The Giants dropped their next game, however, an injury to Brandon Crawford prompted them to call up Michael Morse and Kelby Tomlinson. Morse, a Giant in 2014 and an affable fellow, may have been the biggest shot in the arm of of all.
His game tying home run in last night’s game certainly excited the stands and dugout alike, and following the game the Giants clubhouse was as raucous as it has been in a long time.