SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants are the most exciting .500 team in sports. Even a reg-season game like Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers demands a bit of rehashing.
-- The hit-batter war is not over. When Dodgers lefty Ted Lilly plunked Giants catcher Buster Posey the first time, representatives from both teams met secretly under the stands and signed an armistice agreement. When Lilly hit Posey again, the agreement became null and void and yo-mama.
Baseball's unwritten rule is very specific. You get one retaliation freebie. Never two. Especially not at the other team's meal ticket. You wonder if the Giants didn't react because they were taken by surprise. But the Giants will not forget this. They can't.
-- You have to love Posey's reaction both times. As in: no reaction. No phony posturing or macho glaring. Trot to first. Steal second. Throw a guy out. They call him Buster Ballgame.
-- Lilly's intent? "You have to ask Lilly," Posey yawned. I asked Lilly and L.A. manager Don Mattingly. Neither man blinked at the question, neither bothered to issue the cliche denial, both said it is necessary to pitch Posey hard inside. Inside his rib cage, apparently.
-- When plate ump Greg Gibson warned the Giants' bench, manager Bruce Bochy started to launch himself out of the dugout but got a stop sign from Gibson. It would have been an instant ejection, and Bochy is no drama queen, but getting run by Gibson would have earned Bochy a standing ovation -- in the grandstands and in the dugout.
-- The Giants' Jonathan Sanchez should get fined. He was on deck in the second inning when Brandon Belt scored from first on Mike Fontenot's double. No play at home, but Belt slid, because Sanchez wasn't there to give the "stand up" sign. Sanchez never left the on-deck area.
-- San Fran closer Brian Wilson is dealing. He is once again locked into his last-inning-of-World-Series zone. No two pitches alike, painting corners. Best Bay Area closer show since Eckersley. But are those orange shoes within baseball specs? You'd hate to see Wilson get fined again. You know how that kind of attention throws him off his game.