The Diamonbacks came to town with little momentum, and they found a way to steal a win at AT&T Park. This one left a very bad taste in my mouth, as I’m sure it did the players, coaching staff and front office. It’s very early in the season, but these are the types of series’ you need to win if you’re going to be a playoff contender. Here’s my quick rundown.
Game 1: Giants 7 D-Backs 3
The Giants took the home-opener in style, as Tim Hudson rolled out 8 strong IP for his second consecutive impressive outing in orange and black. Brandon Belt homered in the 1st, and Mike Morse and Brandon Crawford added big two-out knocks to give Huddy all the support he needed.
Game 2: D-Backs 7 Giants 3
Morse and Posey stayed hot at the plate with home runs, Morse’s one of the deepest shots I’ve ever seen at the yard. Unfortunately, the Giants fell in a 3-run hole before they could blink, as Paul Goldschmidt took Tim Lincecum deep in the 1st inning. Why Timmy pitches to that guy, I haven’t a clue. 7 ER and 2 HR allowed did Lincecum in, and the Gigantes were never able to climb back into it. After two starts, Timmy’s ERA stands at 9.90.
Game 3: D-Backs 6 Giants 5
There’s no way around it; games like these drive me absolutely insane. Ryan Vogelsong got knocked around early, but managed to get back on track and battle through the 5th inning. Posey laid down a beautiful bunt (the first of his career) to score Angel Pagan, and Morse gave the Giants the lead with another towering blast that found its way off the arcade wall in right-center. But errors and some shoddy late-inning relief let Arizona right back into it, and the Snakes won the game in extras. Not the best way to finish the series.
Angel Pagan: .442 (19-42), 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB – Pagan has hit safely in every game this season, has played strong defense in CF, and has really been an all-around catalyst for the team.
Mike Morse: .400 (12-40), 2 HR, 10 RBI – Morse was on an absolute tear this series, and looks like he shouldn’t have any problem lifting the ball out of AT&T Park.
Tim Hudson: 2-0, 1.15 ERA, 15.2 IP, 0 BB, 11 K – Huddy has put on a clinic through his first two starts, and looks to be an anchor in this rotation.
Tim Lincecum: 0-1, 9.90 ERA, 10 IP, 1 BB, 12 K – The peripherals look great for Timmy, but the end results haven’t been pretty in his first two tries. The Franchise needs to step it up, and quickly.
Pablo Sandoval: .132 (5-38), 1 HR, 4 RBI – Pablo’s wild throwing error allowed the tying run to score in the 8th last night. Not a great series at all for the Panda, who seems to be pressing a bit early on.
Rockies 5-5 1 GB
D-Backs 4-8 3 GB
Padres 3-6 2.5 GB
The Giants host the Rockies for a 3-game set this weekend, with Madison Bumgarner and Jorge De La Rosa squaring off in the first Orange Friday of the season tonight. On Saturday, it’ll be Matt Cain against Brett Anderson, with Hudson matching up against Jordan Lyles in the final game on Sunday. As I said heading into this homestand, I believe the Giants can win each of these inter-division series’. The Rockies are very much an inconsistent team, but you can’t expect to beat anyone if you’re having 3-error games, as the Giants did last night.
With the Dodgers coming to town looking for payback next week, it would behoove the Gigantes to take this series from Colorado. With most of that Rockies pitching staff off to a… ahem… rocky start, I don’t think a sweep is out of the question. I’ll be very interested to see how Cain’s first start at AT&T goes tomorrow, and hope that Bummy can win the battle of the lefties tonight on Orange Friday.