Last year "Torture" was a good thing. This year, not so much. Granted, I have been one of the few around this newsroom that have been saying the Giants are still in it (you can check my tweets). But last night really set me off. I sat staring blankly at the TV for about 5 minutes after the game in shock at the 8th inning at-bats that failed to produce anything with the two best hitters on the team in the box.You can say the baseball season is too long, but at the end of the day, every game in the 162 game season counts. Just look at last year if you need any evidence. That being said there is still baseball left to be played, but here are my Top 5 "Torturous" losses of the 2nd half that may come back to haunt the Giants.
5. August 7th vs PHI (W, 3-1): The Giants won the game, but lost Carlos Beltran for significant time after this game. San Francisco went 5-8 in his absence.4. August 16th @ ATL (L, 2-1): The 2nd walk-off loss in as many nights against the Braves proved to be bad omen in the middle of a 4-6 East Coast roadie.3. August 28 vs HOU (L, 4-3 in 11): Losing games to sub .500 teams could be the ultimate undoing of the Giants when all is said and done. A blown call in the 10th by the umpire on Mark DeRosa's attempted double was the play of the game.2. September 9 vs LAD (L, 2-1): A 2-out swinging bunt by Matt Kemp in the 8th, need I say more?1. September 20 @ LAD (L, 2-1): Clayton Kershaw dominated again, but the 8th inning at-bats with Sandoval and Beltran failed to produce against relief pitcher Kenley Jensen.With 8 games to go all Giants fans can hope for is that by the time the weekend set with Arizona rolls around, the Giants are still playing for something. Until then watch keep scoreboard watching and hope the "Torture" regains it's 2010 form.Chris Alvarez is an associate producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisAlvarez559
PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.
“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”
It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.
“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said.
Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A.
Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher.
“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.
After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.
Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P