Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Rivera Runs Through It

The San Diego Padres are 3-1 against the Giants after winning last night in San Francisco. Rene Rivera did the damage with 5 RBI including a back-breaking 3-run homer in the 5th that proved to be the difference. Madison Bumgarner was not sharp--he walked four, gave up seven hits, and threw 93 pitches in five innings. He'd thrown particularly well his last time out, but has yet to find his normal, consistent groove. Journeyman Rivera had a career night. The 30-year old catcher from Puerto Rico came up with Seattle, played in Minnesota, and now splits time with Yasmani Grandal and Nick Hundley. Yes, the Padres have three catchers. The Giants had their chances but could not make it all the way back as the Padres bullpen was very tough. Michael Morse continues to be the offensive leader (.398 wOBA, 163 wRC+), he had three hits and two batted in, and Brandon Hicks launched another homer, his .283 ISO leads the team.

Matt Cain tonight.



1 comment:

Brother Bob said...

I had a good time at the old ballpark last night, after a touristy visit to Fisherman's Wharf.
Bumgarner was shaky right from the start. Took lots of pitches to escape the first couple of innings.
I like Hicks and Morse. Hicks just barely missed a grand slam that would have created a different outcome. That would have been a big thrill, instead it was a big what-if moment.