Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Petit, Pagan, Posey Pound Padres

Matt Cain apparently had a little problem with a knife while making a sandwich. He cut his finger and was scratched! Matt, lad, you make $20M/year to throw a baseball--use your left to make sandwiches. Better yet, hire the bat boy. Naturally the CSN guys kept trying to get us a picture of Cain and his wounded digit, and they did capture Matty and His Finger, just not the one they were hoping for. I missed the moment, damnit, as I had to piss, but I could hear my lovely bride laughing in the other room. Super-sub Yusmeiro Petit stepped in and calmly shut the door (Game Score 70) on the pesky Padres. He retired the first nine he faced, and thanks to solo shots by Buster Posey and Angel Pagan in the 1st was cruising comfortably when the Giants broke it open in the bottom of the 3rd with three more runs. Hector Sanchez racked up three more RBI and he now has 11 to go with his 16K and .171 BA! Hanchez caught Petit and Posey manned first base with the lefty Eric Stults on the mound. Struggling Brandon Belt came in on a double switch in the 8th. Both Jean Machi (6 outs) and Santiago Casilla (3 outs) were perfect--the Padres only managed three hits off Petit and had no other baserunners all night.

Brandon Crawford made a beautiful play in the 8th on a hard grounder from Nick Hundley that was headed for the 5-1/2 hole and into left field. He ranged to his right and speared the ball cleanly, then turned his body and threw to first in one motion, not taking the time to set his feet. He was still moving away from the play when he uncorked the perfect line drive right to Belt's glove. B-Craw has a hell of an arm! It was a difficult play, but what makes all those Crawford gems so impressive is the effortless grace with which he pulls them off. You have to watch the video if you haven't seen it.

Tim Hudson tonight. He's gone at least seven innings in all five of his starts.



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