The San Francisco Giants enjoyed a very good week, culminating in the selection of four players for the National League All-Star Game.
San Francisco recorded four shutouts in a row, moved into first place in the NL West, and on Sunday, three Giants players were voted into the starting lineup for the NL, while Matt Cain, who threw the 22nd perfect game in big-league history on June 13, was named to the pitching staff.
The Giants held a big drive to get fans to vote, which certainly helped two players, in particular, gain starting spots: third baseman Pablo Sandoval and outfielder Melky Cabrera. Catcher Buster Posey was not a surprise to be named to his first-ever All-Star team, but Cabrera had been running neck-and-neck with reigning MVP Ryan Braun, while Sandoval missed 35 games in the first half with a broken hamate bone.
Cabrera will be making his first-ever All-Star appearance. He came up with the Yankees, then got traded first to Kansas City, and last offseason came to the Giants in the Jonathan Sanchez deal. That has turned out to be a good trade for the Giants: Cabrera is leading the majors with 111 hits, and the Giants' staff has been superb despite the absence of Sanchez, who has had an erratic first half with Kansas City.
Sandoval is batting .300, and this will be his second All-Star appearance; Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who helmed the NL team last summer, selected him for the team last year.
Posey, who scored the winning run Sunday on Angel Pagan's ninth-inning double in a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, leads the Giants with 10 homers and 42 RBI after missing two-thirds of last season after incurring a severe leg injury in a collision at home plate. He's the first Giants catcher elected to the team by the fans.