Monday, April 19, 2010
Pitching well enough to lose
Starting pitcher: M.C. O'Connor
The Giants couldn't solve southpaw Clayton Richard, one of the four players the Padres obtained for Jake Peavy, but managed to chase him with one out in the 7th. Righty Luke Gregerson, who struck out 93 guys in 75 innings last season, powered through 1-2/3 and handed the ball to closer Heath Bell in the 9th. Most of us, I expect, had tossed in the towel at that point, but Juan Uribe muscled up a huge game-tying home run! Bell was hitting 96 mph, but he left an 82 mph curveball out just enough for Uribe to jack it over the wall in left. The Giants had a reprieve, it seemed, from an agonizing dink-ball affair that looked like a sure loss. Matt Cain wasn't pretty, needing 26 batters to get 18 outs, but he was effective, limiting the Padres to two runs on 7 hits. The Giants got impressive work from Dan Runzler and an out from Guillermo Mota to get the ball to super set-up man Jeremy Affeldt. But Mr. Scrappy, David "Plays the Game Right" Eckstein, hustled and gritted and willed a game-winning home run to lead off the 10th, and we had ourselves another painful loss. The Giants don't like Petco Park, going 2-7 there last season, and 23-34 including tonight. I never imagined I would miss Aaron Rowand, but poor Andres Torres looks overmatched. Let's hope our sleeping bats awake soon.