Coming into the season, Matt Morris was on a downward spiral. Truly, he hadn't pitched like an ace since 2002, and although he ate a lot of innings last year, they were a lot of crappy innings.
This year, however, Morris has been a savior. After giving up three runs last night, he settled down and pitched eight shutout innings for his second straight complete game and league leading third this season. Morris's numbers reflect how good he has been this season:
7-3, 2.56 ERA, 91.1 innings (7 innings/start), 82 hits, 45 K's, 29 BB's
Dave Roberts and Barry Bonds also had a lot to do with the 4-3 win over Toronto. The Bonds homer in the fourth seemed to energized the team, while the ability of Roberts to get on base and steal a couple of bags was and will continue to be very important.
It was somewhat of a surprise to hear before the game that the Giants sent Dan Ortmeier back to Fresno and called up Nate Schierholtz. The left-handed hitting outfielder was tearing up Fresno, but he is only 23, which puts him a solid 8 years away from reaching "prospect" status for Brian Sabean. Regardless, I'm excited to see him play.
Schierholtz's numbers at Fresno: .347, 222 at bats, 20 2b, 3 3b's, 4 hr's, 33 RBI, .892 OPS