Giants Insider notes: Painful losses to Marlins

May 26, 2011, 6:47 am
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May 25, 2011


Our MLB Insider takes a look at the Giants 7-6 loss to the visiting Marlins on Wednesday in the second game of a three-game series at AT&T Park.Painful loss: Hard to put any sort of silver lining on the night in the wake of what the Giants might be facing if Buster Poseys injury is as bad as it looked. But what the heck: That was another absolutely hellacious throw by Nate Schierholtz. If Posey hangs on, the teams might still be playing without him.Absolved: Dont blame Scott Cousins. That was clean country hardball, and thats what Posey grew up playing. Cousins, who helped USF get on the baseball map as the 2006 West Coast Conference Player of the Year while leading the Dons to the programs first NCAA playoffs appearance, had every right to blow up Buster; it was the only option for him, actually. Part of the game.
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Bedlam: Just when youre ready to start thinking everyone might need to knock it off with the magic angle that the Giants have caused to swirl around them by constructing so many different and dramatic victories, they do something like throw up a four-spot to tie in the bottom of the ninth and get a six-pitch top of the 10th from Brian Wilson. What a show these guys are putting on. What an incredible energy on that big, beautiful stage. Its officially ridiculous now.Quoth the bard: Tejada and Burrell in the 10th, thy name is buzzkill.
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Temporary reversal of (late-game) fortune: The Giants surely felt that familiar feeling of invincibility that keeps them warm on chilly nights at home until Mike Stantons fourth hit of the night, a bases-loaded double with two out in the top of the ninth inning, made the feeling go away for about eight minutes and underscored the need for another lefty to step up and share some of Javier Lopezs massive burden.Lopez, whos been mostly brilliant all year but got roughed up during Floridas ninth, is a little bit like the Darren Ford of the pitching staff, although far more of a factor, in that hes best used for specific situations. Working an entire inning is not one of them.Add Stanton: If he wasnt a Stud On The Brink in big-league ball, Stanton looks like he might be a big-time Aussie Rules Football star or an NFL tight end. Heck, maybe even the lead in the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. Yes, hes going that good, so heres some dead-serious advice for Thursday: play hooky from work, find a way to get into the yard and watch this kid take batting practice.Or have you not heard of the BP balls that Stanton, 21, has launched to the base of the big Coke-bottle slides and the Bobs Big Boy oven mitt hey, you see what you wanna see on the left-center field concourses since he arrived in town Tuesday?Showing off: BP is among the finest entertainment one will find in professional sports, for its the very best in the world at the sports worlds most difficult single task honing their craft in the most relaxed environment their on-field experience allows.Team Taxing: Youve heard of high-stress innings, where the pitcher has to absolutely grind to get a zero on the board? The Marlins, with their balanced grab-bag of a lineup, can force opponents into high-stress games. Giants starts Madison Bumgarner, who threw a ton of great, gutsy pitches while putting up another unrewarded quality May start, was dealing with traffic all evening. Dealing well, though.