Tonight's fabulous Orange Friday victory over the Indians showed off two things that I truly love about the defending World Champions:
#1 The Bullpen. They are clearly the factor that make this team tough to beat, even more so than our starters so far this year. Tonight it was 4.1 innings ( 13 outs needed due to another Jonathan Sanchez walk-fest!) and they ( specifically Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson ) gave up one lousy walk. THAT WAS IT...ONE WALK! And that guy was picked off by a stellar throw from Chris Stewart.
#2 Andres Torres. What's not to love about this guy? Even though this year has been tough for him, I love to watch him play. Tonight he reminded everyone of what an offensive force he can be: 3 for 4, 2 runs scored, with a homer to get us on the board in the first place. It looks like Bochy's idea of resting Andres a little was a wise one. If he can regain last year's form our run-scoring prognosis goes from grave to critical. Wish I could give a better outlook, but this is one sick puppy we are talking about.
I really feel like this post needs a good Carlos Santana joke - the dude had a major impact on the game with a clutch hit and two huge errors - however I just can't think of one, so I'll leave that chore to the heckling crowd.