10 Apr 14
Pablo Sandoval made a throwing error in the eighth, forced by Tony Campana’s speed, that allowed Gerardo Parra to tie the game. And then in the bottom half of the eighth Sandoval came to the plate with the bases loaded but flied out to Parra, running toward the right field wall. In the tenth, Tony Campana’s two-out, two-strike single off Yusmeiro Petit gave the Snakes the victory.
Ryan Vogelsong admitted that while the offense gave the Giants a chance at winning, “I don’t feel I gave us much of a chance.” Henry Schulman called the Giants’ rotation “bifurcated,” and surely it looks better on the front end than it does on the back end. Hudson, #3, won the first game of the series as Lincecum, #4, and Vogelsong, #5, started games that became losses as the evening wore on and the fog rolled in.
It was Farewell to Candlestick Night at AT&T Park, and we hope that such losses go with the old, windy place.
9 Apr 14
Tim Lincecum didn’t have it, and Paul Goldschmidt had Lincecum. Before Lincecum had retired a batter, Goldschmidt had blasted the big blow of the game, a three-run homer that unmistakably gave the Snakes the momentum and the upper hand that they never surrendered in the Giants’ long evening at home.
Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy said after the game, “I saw it in Bonds’ heyday. Pitchers were so concerned about not making mistakes with Barry, that’s what would happen.” So, Goldschmidt has gotten into Lincecum’s head, and he shows no signs of vacating the premises.
The Giants’ lost the pitching battle to Bronson Arroyo who pitched five complete innings to Lincecum’s four. Arroyo allowed 3 runs, all earned, struck out 2, and walked only 1. He allowed homeruns to Posey and to Morse who sent one 449 feet in left-center. Lincecum allowed all 7 runs, all earned, for the Dbacks and left the game with an ERA of 9.90.
The game was a manageable two hours and fifty-two minutes.
8 Apr 14
Tim Hudson provided the pitching, and Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt led the offense as the San Francisco Giants opened their 57th Season by the Bay (their 132nd over their winning history) with a convincing victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-3.
The home opener always provides a backdrop of unusual interest, and the game has potentially the power to set the tone and the context for the rest of the season. The Giants hope it does. Hudson (2-0) pitched 8 full innings and left to thunderous applause after his 101st pitch with his ERA at 1.15. He scattered 7 hits, allowed 3 runs, one unearned, struck out 4, and walked none. Casilla mopped up in the ninth, keeping his ERA at zero.
Brandon Hicks made the single error of the game.
Pagan, Belt, Morse, and Crawford had 2 hits apiece; Pagan and Morse doubled, and Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run in the season’s first eight games, the first Giant to do that since Jose Cruz, Jr., eleven years ago. The Giants have 47 runs and 12 homers in those eight games.
42,166 passed the turnstiles to watch a very manageable game of 2 hours and 39 minutes in weather that would have been fine for the beach.
After the game, General Manager Brian Sabean announced that negotiations with Pablo Sandoval have been tabled. A wide gulf separates him from the Giants on agreeing to a contract extension.