Not a very big bubble, to be sure. But for a while there, I had fantasies of sweeping the series - and it would have been a fitting way for the Giants to chalk up one strike of redemption. The Marlins were the worst team in the National League when they took apart the Giants in June, and the Giants have gone down hill since. If they could only have swept them, they would have had 4 wins in a row and ended the road trip on the winning side.
No. Of course not. Not this year. As small as that fantasy was, it was not to be. The Giants lost to the Marlins, looked bad doing it and lost the season series to the worst team in the National League. The Giants could well be the worst, I think they have been in July and August, but they won in the early part of the season, so overall they are at a crisp .447 against the Marlins' .385. There are less than 40 games left.
Madison Bumgarner went 5, gave up 4 before our usual parade of faux-relievers. There were plenty of hits, 3 for Gregor Blanco, 2 each for Brandon Crawford, Hector Sanchez, Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval. Pence and Crawford homered. Some weirdness, too. A walk that turned into a wild pitch to score a run, I think. 2 errors. 13 Giants' hits in all, but only 1 for 11 with RISP. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is your 2013 San Francisco Giants.