Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Well, it's about time. Last night's stirring double-comeback win over the LA Dodgers was the first game in this young season that really captured the feeling and the spirit of last year's post-season run.  The way the Giants fought off adversity (not to mention a 3-0 deficit) and battled their way back to a necessary win was especially reminiscent of that great Philadelphia series. Once again, we had two ace starters-- Tim Lincecum and Chad Billingsley-- who opened the game strong, but were gone by the sixth. We had balls-out defensive plays, like Pablo Sandoval's heads-up throw home on a risky broken-bat grounder, in time to nail James Loney, or Tim Lincecum pouncing on a nasty little ricochet by Andre Ethier and throwing a bullet of a strike to get the runner at first. We had Aaron Rowand, scoring the tie-breaking run in the fifth and the game-winner in the seventh as he legged out a triple and then scored standing up on a wild pitch. And of course, it had to be Brian Wilson regaining his form, after two lousy post-DL appearances, with a brief, 14-pitch ninth inning save that was over so quick we didn't even have time to worry. As Lincecum said on his Facebook page this afternoon, it was a true "team win", and one the Giants badly needed against this team that has handled them too well thus far. Everybody take a bow! 

Concerns about the Giants' outfield defense continue apace. Pat Burrell has had "issues", shall we say, in left field, but the switch to right field has really been a major problem for Aubrey Huff, especially considering the vast swath requiring coverage at the 'Bell. Now there's talk of moving Brandon Belt out there and returning Huff to first base, which likely means that when Cody Ross comes off the DL, Belt (.158) will be Fresno-bound. The youngster helped his cause with a single and a run scored last night, but also made the team's only charged error...   Lincecum was taken out after he hit Juan Uribe with a pitch just moments after his sparkling defensive play on Ethier. Timmy has faced his jocular former teammate twice this year and hit him in both games.... Jeremy Affeldt "vultured" his first win of the season, being the pitcher of record when Rowand scored in the seventh. His line: 17 pitches, 10 strikes, a walk (intentional), two hits, and a homer. However, he had the good sense to give up the homer before allowing the other baserunners, and thus benefited from the yeoman efforts of Rowand, Sergio Romo,and Wilson.

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