A Giants analyst's take: How the Phillies won the series

A Giants analyst's take: How the Phillies won the series

May 8, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The great thing about baseball is that in two days you can erase two ugly losses with two impressive wins, putting a pathetic weekend behind you and starting a difficult road trip off the perfect way. You can’t rectify mistakes that quickly in any other sport.

After going 5 for 58 against the Marlins on Saturday and Sunday, nobody expected the Phillies to go out to San Francisco and defeat Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum on consecutive nights. The Phils were scuffling and the Giants had won six straight games entering the series. Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence were on fire.

To gain a little perspective on how the Phillies went to San Francisco and shut down a red-hot team, we turned to John Anderson, Coordinating Producer for The Comcast Network and a Giants fan with as intimate a feel for Giants baseball as anyone in the area.

Bum-rushing Bumgarner

“I have seen every pitch that Bumgarner has thrown this season. No hitter he faced was on him the way Michael Young was. It's like he knew what was coming,” Anderson wrote.

Young’s two-run double in the second inning Monday was the decisive blow in a 6-2 Phillies win. The Phils scored three times in the second inning; Bumgarner hadn’t previously allowed three runs in any start this season.

Young added another double off Bumgarner later in the game. Bashing lefties is something he’s always done, even during the struggles he had in Texas in 2012. Young hit .338 against southpaws from 2010-12.

Young is the only player this season with two extra-base hits or three hits off Bumgarner.

Stifling Sandoval

“One big key in these two games is the way that Lee and Kendrick both totally handcuffed Sandoval,” Anderson continued. “This is the worst Sandoval has looked in any games this season, including vs. Clayton Kershaw.”

In the eight games prior to this series, Sandoval was 16 for 34 (.471) with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs and eight runs scored.

Sandoval has never seen Lee well -– he’s 2 for 15 with four strikeouts. On Monday, Lee struck him out swinging twice and induced a double play the third time. Sandoval had struck out three times in 37 plate appearances prior.

Sandoval demolished a foul ball to right field against Kendrick on Tuesday before lining out. He made outs on the first pitch in two of three at-bats against KK.

Keep Sandoval and Posey to 2 for 14 and you’re going to win some games against the Giants.

Rookie Jonathan Pettibone is charged with that task on Wednesday.