Giants 3, Astros 2
W: Cain (10-3) L: Norris (5-7)
The Giants didn’t need the additional weakening of the Astro lineup in order to sweep the series on Sunday, but it didn’t hurt. Lowrie and Castro both got shipped to the DL for a bit but our brave lads were still able to make a game of it, losing by only one run.
Brave and game though they were, this is still at best a decent AAA team groping to find its way. That way was not to be found today, as Matt Cain and friends held the punchless Good Guys to five hits and a walk.
The Astros actually had a couple of chances in this one, most notably in the seventh when they had runners on the corners with one out. Of course, two quick first-pitch outs made by pinch-hitters Bixler and Maxwell helped send the team to its 13th consecutive road loss.
The team appears to be in that familiar death swoon just like last year. A different twist to 2012 is the drumbeat in the local about Mills being replaced at the end of the season. It’s hard to not start to think that if the team doesn’t get a shot of cheap wins, then Mills may not survive early August, much less 2012.
“Sealed with a curse as sharp as a knife. Doomed is your soul and damned is your life.”
Join the team as they beg for redemption in San Diego and we follow each knee-slapping stroke of self-flagellation in the GZ.