Aaron Rowand's pinch-hit homer in the 7th was barely legal, surviving the video review for lack of evidence. That made it 3-2 Marlins. The Giants solved Ricky Nolasco by getting him out of the game. It took three Florida relievers to finish the inning. A late run off Guillermo Mota made it 4-2, just enough to survive the Giants run in the 9th. A phenom by the name of Mike Stanton (who's only 20) showed off his chops with a homer in the 5th and the big two-out RBI double in the 8th. Impressive-looking kid--he's listed at linebacker size (6-5, 235). He was drafted in the 2nd round (#76) of the 2007 amateur draft--the Giants took Madison Bumgarner in the 1st round (#10) that year. They also took Tim Alderson (#22), Wendell Fairley (#29), Nick Noonan (#32), Jackson Williams (#43), and Charlie Culberson (#51). Guess you can't win them all. Stanton has not dazzled like Buster, but he's got a ton of power (89 HR in 324 minor-league games), and looks like a keeper.
That was the 100th game of the season. A 34-28 record (.548) in the final 62 games would put the Giants at 90 wins. It wasn't too long ago that it took .581 to get there. See what a 16-6 July will do for you? Tomorrow Matt Cain matches up with Josh Johnson. I got to see Johnson pitch last July (SF 3-0 win behind Zito), and he's a big fella, too (6-7, 250). Guess they like 'em king-size in Florida. You could make a case that he's the best pitcher in the NL right now, if not all of baseball. Should be a great match-up.
While you are on FanGraphs ooh-ing and aah-ing over Josh Johnson, read the piece by Matt Klaassen on Andres Torres. What a great story this guy is! He made another awesome catch in CF tonight.