EXTRA BAGGS: Melky coasts into NL runs lead, etc.

August 6, 2012, 12:55 am
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DENVER Melky Cabrera does not talk nonstop in ahigh-pitched, Louisiana screech. He doesnt talk much at all.

But he and Will Clark have a chance to share a commonattribute.

After crossing the plate eight times in three games at CoorsField, Cabrera leads the NL with 77 runs scored. Hes on pace to score 115,which would be the most by a Giant since Barry Bonds scored 129 in 2004.

No Giant has led the NL in runs scored since 1989, whenClark tied Howard Johnson and Ryne Sandberg with 104.

With Buster Posey remaining red-hot and now Hunter Pence atrue RBI man in the No. 5 spot (and Pablo Sandoval returning soon), theres adecent chance that Cabrera will keep on crossing the plate.

Well, you know what, its really been ridiculous, saidPence, who had an RBI groundout and knocked in Cabrera with doubles in the fifthand seventh. Baserunners are everywhere and I dont feel like those guys havemade an out. Its incredible and Im looking forward to more of it.

Cabrera didnt exactly run while scoring his last run. Hewas in need of an oxygen mask after hitting a triple in the ninth inning, andwhen Buster Posey singled to left, you needed a sundial to time Cabreras timefrom third to the plate.

RECAP: Baggs' Instant Replay -- Giants 8, Rockies 3

We had a couple guys running on fumes there, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said. But they did a good job finishing off that seriesand playing well.

Buster Posey is on pace for 103 RBIs, by the way. He'd become the first Giant to drive in 100 since Bonds in 2004.

It's always worth a moment to stop and reflect on that 2004 season. Bonds drove in 101 and hit 45 home runs even though he was walked 232 times that season, including 120 intentional passes -- both major league records that won't be broken any time soon, if ever.

Joey Votto and David Ortiz lead the majors with 13 intentional walks this season, in case you were curious.

The Giants are averaging 5.08 runs per game on the road. Thatsthe best in the National League and second in the majors, behind the Angels.

You read that right. The Giants own the second best roadoffense in the majors.

What a huge outing for Sergio Romo. He entered abases-loaded situation in the seventh but didnt let the Rockies back in thegame, striking out two batters.

A night earlier, Romo had taken Bochy aside and told him hewas close to figuring something out. He figured out what happened in a four-gameskid in which he retired just nine of 19 batters faced, raising his ERA from0.60 to 2.20.

He wanted his manager to retain confidence in him, to keep puttinghim in leveraged situations. Bochy did.

He saved us in a critical part of the game, Bochy said. Thatsuplifting for the club and its gotta be for him, too.

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Romo acknowledged he took his frustrations home with him onthe last homestand, when he gave up a tiebreaking home run to the DodgersHanley Ramirez and served up a tiebreaking shot to the Mets Scott Hairston.

I think very highly of myself and I take a lot of pride inmy ability Ive been given to throw strikes, Romo said. The team needs me tobe good. I want to be good again. I had to finish them off.

I know things werent going right. Its hard not to take ithome, but you have to leave it on the field and come back and have confidencein yourself the next day.

Because it matters. If I can contribute to a happy cause,why not? This thing is not about me.

Hector Sanchez momentarily lost the feeling in his handafter a pitch struck it in the first inning. Thats why he spiked one returnthrow and nearly sailed another.

I thought you had the yips, a teammate said.

Did you happen to notice who warmed up Tim Lincecum in hislast two innings, then warmed up Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth?

It was none other than Brett Pill. The Giants needed someonebecause Sanchez was either on base, in the batters circle or made the finalout at the end of innings.

I used Busters mask and Hectors glove, said Pill, wholisted his catching experience as somewhere between never and (laughing) never.

Timmy took it easy on me, Pill said. Affeldt threw me afew breaking balls.

Of course he did.