Marlon Byrd. I have to admit, I was less than impressed when I saw the news of the Giants' trade for Marlon Byrd. I am more impressed now. Madison Bumgarner was on the hill tonight in Pittsburgh. He struggled for the first couple of innings - 50 pitches in the first 2, but then settled down. The pitch count got to him, though, and he surrendered the hill with 1 out into the 7th.
Madison's line: 6 1/3 IP, 109 pitches, 6 hits, 3 runs, all earned, 1 BB. Sergio Romo gave us 1 1/3 and allowed the 4th run, Osich an out, and Santiago Casilla, after a tense walk, got a 4 - 6 - 3 ground ball double play and the final out for a 6 - 4 Giants' victory.
Marlon Byrd made an immediate positive impression with a 1st inning, hitting a home run with Matt Duffy on board for the 2nd and 3rd run of the game. Buster Posey tallied the 1st rbi with a sac fly to score Nori Aoki. Byrd, batting 5th, had a 3 hit night. Nori Aoki, in the lead-off spot had a 3 hit night. Giants chalked up 14 hits, most of them (11) against Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke, who was responsible for all of the Giants' 6 runs. Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco both had 2 hits, and Belt had an rbi. And, oh yeah, Madison Bumgarner hit a 2 run home run.
So the Giants could actually put together a winning record on this 7 game swing to the midwest, but they will have to win tomorrow and Sunday to do it. Then LA (who is, by the way, sans-hit in Houston with only 3 outs left.