Here’s the thing about June Swoons and these Giants: It’s not really a thing.
Sure, the Giants won just 20 total games the last two Junes, but they won 17 games in June of 2012 and 17 more in June of 2011. In June of 2010, the start of this dynasty, the Giants won 13 games.
So no, there’s not a long history of the Giants totally tanking in June, and they managed to avoid it this June, too. After losing their first three games of the month, the Giants finished with a 12-14 month. Good? Nope. But a swoon? Nope.
Most importantly, the Giants started the month half a game behind the first-place Dodgers and finished up one game out (with the Dodgers playing later Tuesday). They did all this without Matt Cain and Jake Peavy, mostly without Hunter Pence (nine plate appearances in June) and partly without Nori Aoki, who got hurt late in the month.
“I think overall, sure, we’re not happy with it, but we’re trying to hold ground here,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’re not playing with a full deck here. The fact that they bounced back and almost had a .500 month, that’s not bad.”
The Giants could have had a .500 month, but they fell 5-3 on Tuesday in Miami. Ryan Vogelsong gave up a three-run inside-the-park homer to Dee Gordon and the Giants got little from their lineup outside of Buster Posey, who continued his incredible month. Posey’s solo homer off Mat Latos gave him 27 RBI in June, the highest June total by a catcher since Mike Piazza had 32 in 2000.
“That’s why we bounced back,” Bochy said. “I think, after that tough start to the month, we had some guys that really picked it up and played well. I really believe the rest has probably helped him. We’re still going to ham-and-egg it between he and (Andrew) Susac, but I think it’s benefited Buster.”
Susac had worked well with Vogelsong the last two times out, catching 12 2/3 scoreless innings. But Vogelsong paid for a changeup left out over the plate. Gordon lined it to right-center and raced home when Gregor Blanco tried to flip the ball to Angel Pagan, who was trailing him at an unexpected angle.
“Any time he hits the ball in the gap like that he’s got a chance, but I know Blanco is pretty quick and Angel moves around pretty good out there,” Vogelsong said. “(Gordon) is fast, though.”
The Giants wouldn’t get the lead back and Vogelsong took his fourth loss of the month. He’ll try to turn it around in July, as all the Giants will. June gets all the notoriety, but the Giants have just 32 wins in July the past three seasons.