Friday, May 28, 2004

Sure it's mostly come at the expense of two of the lesser lights of the National League. And it's not like they're blowing the doors off their opponents, but the Giants now have won six straight games and are inching, slowly but surely, towards the .500 mark. Meanwhile, the leaders of the division, the Dodgers and Padres, have both been sputtering after getting out of the gates with hot starts. So the Giants find themselves 3.5 back of the Padres.

Last night marked the return to form of Baby Minor, who has shed 35 pounds and had changed his Tony Batista-like stance. Now it comes out there was a reason why he was wide open. Minor had 20/600 vision in his right eye. He opened up to see the ball. Last September Minor had laser surgery on his right eye and suddenly he's hitting. After being released by the Phillies in the off-season, the Giants picked him up. He hit with a vengence in Fresno this year before getting the call when JT Snow reported to the disable list. Last night Minor made the Dbacks pay when they chose to walk Bonds to lead off the 10th inning. After an errant pickoff play advanced Bonds to second, Minor hit a single to right to plate the game winner.

This team has been trying to capture lightening in a bottle since a rocky start. With Minor and the return to form of A.J. Pierzynski, this team may be getting close to at least listening for the thunder.