POSTGAME NOTES: Jonathan Sanchez offers bold bulletin board material to Padres, Freddy Sanchez struggles, Venters impresses, Wilson needs an energy dome to complete his look
Posted on August 8, 2010 by
To wit: Sanchez has posted back to back quality starts just once this season, and that came way back on April 14 and 20. He had a few lapses in concentration while allowing four runs in four innings of Sunday’s loss at Turner Field.
Yet Sanchez really opened eyes with his comments after today’s game.
“We are going to make the playoffs,” cheap jerseys Sanchez said, without an ounce of prompting.
Asked again, for clarification, if he was guaranteeing the Giants will make the playoffs, Sanchez said, “Yeah, we will.”
“San Diego has been winning series all year. But we’re going to play San Diego now and we’re going to beat them three times. If we get to first place, we’re not going to look back.”
It’ll be up to Sanchez to back up his talk. His next start will come Friday, when the first place Padres begin their showdown series at AT Park. Maybe this is his way of narrowing his focus. But if it’s a motivational tactic for him, just wait till the Padres get a load of his bulletin board material. Here’s guessing they’ll be motivated, too.
Reminded that the Padres beat the Giants in seven of eight games prior to the All Star break, Sanchez said, “That was a long time ago. Doesn’t matter. We’ve got a better team now.”There’s a lot about both Sanchezes, Jonathan and Freddy, in the game story and notebook that I just filed. (Please check back later today, when they should hit the Web.)
Freddy was bumped down from second to seventh in the order and made no bones about it. While I’m sure you’d rather see him start pumping out three hit games, it’s at least refreshing to see a player take responsibility for underperforming. We’ve had too many guys here recently who have refused to do so.
Look for Freddy’s comments in the notes. Here’s one that got trimmed:
“(Andres) Torres is getting on base like a madman, then you’ve got (Aubrey) Huff and Buster (Posey) swinging the bat, he said. the man in the middle and I’m not getting the job done. I need to step up, basically.”If the Giants are going to make a move on the Padres, now would be a good time. The Pads are going back to Petco Park, but only for three games against the Pirates. Then it’s back on the road to AT Park and onward from there.
Sandoval wasn’t playing off the line, either the latest alarming evidence that the 23 year old is slowing down.
Bochy said the ball had “just enough” to get past Sandoval. Then Bochy shifted discussion to the 90 degree heat and humidity.
“We had some long innings and it catches up with you,” Bochy said. “We didn’t have many crisp innings early.”
Braves left hander Jonny Venters came into today’s game with a 3 0 record and 1.13 ERA in 50 games. Opponents were hitting .168 against him. Then he got a double play grounder to tamp down a rally in the sixth.