It’s going to be a busy day around here, we’ve got a lot to talk about. So we’ll start our coverage with a very quick rundown of the season opening series in Arizona. The Giants did what they had to do, overcoming some sloppy defense and the power combination of Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo en route to taking 3 out of 4.
I’m just going to give a quick snippet and a highlight from each game of this series. If you want a more thorough look at the individual games, remember that DrB does very nice recaps every day at When the Giants Come to Town.
Game 1: Giants 9, Diamondbacks 8
I posted a full recap of the Opening Day game a couple of days ago, but it was a wild one. MadBum got knocked out early, his location and defense failing him. It looked like the game might get out of hand, but the Giants staged a late rally to tie it, before Buster Posey did this in the top of the 9th…
Game 2: Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4
The Giants jumped on Wade Miley early, as Brandon Belt hit a 3-run HR in the 1st, but that was all the offense they’d get. Matt Cain had a hard time finding the strike zone, grinding out 5 innings (3 ER). New guy JC Gutierrez blew the lead in the 6th, and the Giants weren’t able to come back in the late innings.
Game 3: Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0
Tim Hudson was downright dominant in his first start in orange and black. 7.2 innings of 3-hit ball, with 7 K’s and nary a walk. Yep, that’s a pitching clinic in hitter-friendly Chase Field. The Giants were able to squeak across a couple of runs on Trevor Cahill, and Sergio Romo tossed some deadly sliders in the 9th to lock down the save.
Game 4: Giants 8, Diamondbacks 5
Tim Lincecum’s first start of the year was solid aside from two pitches. Unfortunately, those two pitches were blasted out of the park by Goldschmidt and Trumbo, who both hit 2-run shots to deep center. The Giants came roaring back in the late innings again, staging a 5-run rally in the 8th. The Giants are a much, much better team when Angel Pagan plays. Want proof? Click play on the video below…
Pagan: .421, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Belt: .333, 3 HR, 5 RBI
Posey: .417, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Hudson: 1-0, 7.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 0 BB
Romo: 2 IP, 2 Saves
Pence: .063, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Sandoval: .188, 0 HR, 1 RBI
NL West Standings
Dodgers, baby! First place is already on the line, and the Giants are looking to spoil LA’s home-opening series this weekend. Vogelsong matches up with Ryu today, 1:10 PM first pitch from downtown La La Land. I don’t know about you, but I’m already amped up for this series. With Kershaw on the DL, the Giants have a real opportunity to establish themselves early here. A series win in LA this weekend would be huge for the old momentum machine, and could send the club back to San Francisco with a ton of confidence on their side. It should be a very entertaining 3-game set!
That’s all for now, but be on the lookout later today, as I’ll be wrapping up Minor League Opening Day, as well as posting the NCAA weekly update. Happy Friday, everybody!