Cain on White House visit: 'Every time you go you experience something different'
Buster Posey missed the Giants' 2011 White House visit because he was rehabbing his ankle injury in San Francisco. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have a chance Monday to reconnect with the winning culture that was bred throughout their 2012 championship season when they are honored by President Obama at the White House.
For one key member of the title team, it will carry added importance. Buster Posey did not get to join the team for its first trip to the White House in 2011, as he was rehabbing in San Francisco with screws freshly removed from his injured ankle.
"I'm excited," Posey said, acknowledging that it will be good to get away from baseball for a day and hit the reset button.
Still, it's tough to get too high in celebrating past victories while playing the league's worst baseball. Since May 14, the Giants own MLB's worst record at 23-43 (.348). And Tim Lincecum acknowledged that there hasn't been too much presidential talk in the clubhouse.
The Giants activated Guillermo Moscoso on Sunday, designating Yusmeiro Petit for assignment to clear space on the roster.
Moscoso, 29, started 21 games for the A's in 2011 and considers himself a man of the rotation, but he's been told he will come out of the bullpen to start.
The Giants acquired him on Friday from the Cubs in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Giants began their 10-game, second half-opening homestand with a pair of wins against the then-first place Diamondbacks, but the wheels have since come off. Finishing 1-7 at AT&T Park can be seen as nothing other than a missed opportunity.
"It's a little deflating," Lincecum said.
If they want to reach 90 wins and give themselves a chance at defending their title, the Giants (46-58) will need to go 44-14 over their final 58 contests.
Sunday saw some impressive pitching from opposing starters Tim Lincecum and Travis Wood, who both scattered four hits over seven innings. But more impressive was their work at the plate; Lincecum went 2-for-2 and Wood went 2-for-3 with a home run.
"That was a pretty impressive swing," Lincecum said.
Lincecum's two hits were the Giants' first two hits off Wood and at one point, the two pitchers were responsible for four of the game's five knocks.
There is little in terms of resemblance between Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti and 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith, but Righetti was sporting the bionic full-arm brace on Sunday reminiscent of the one Smith wore during the 49ers' run to Super Bowl XLVII.
Righetti rejoined the team after elbow surgery on Wednesday.
"It's still a little sore," he said.
The Giants were swept at home by the Cubs for the first time in nearly 20 years, but it's the second time they were swept at home this month. The New York Mets did the prior damage from July 8-10.
It's tough to post world-beater numbers with minimal production before and after you in the lineup, but Pablo Sandoval is seeing the ball well.
He went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and two walks in Sunday's loss and has now hit safely in 13 of his last 17 games, going 20-for-63 (.317) with 12 RBI.