I missed Todd Wellemeyer's five shutout innings but got to see Jason Heyward's opposite-field homer in the 6th and his two-run single in the 7th. It was that kind of night. Derek Lowe walked seven guys in six innings but got a win. In other words, the Giants managed only one run off him despite having eleven baserunners (the walks plus four hits). How do you do that? Juan Uribe had three walks. Three. That's brings his season total to four. This man had 25 walks all of last year. Eli Whiteside was hitting behind him tonight so maybe Bam-Bam Muelens has to wait for my "Hitting Coach of the Year" post. Edgar Renteria, the Giants hottest hitter, went 0-5 and hit into a game-ending double play. Like I said, it was that kind of night.
Three Giants starters have pitched into the 7th inning. Tim Lincecum is the only one to have recorded all 21 outs. Matt Cain managed 6-2/3, Todd Wellemeyer 6-1/3. Barry Zito was smart enough to avoid the nasty 7th inning all together by pitching six shutout innings and asking the coach for the rest of the night off.
The Franchise pitches tomorrow.