The Giants improved to 5-0 on Orange Friday after beating the Oakland Athletics 6-2 on Friday at AT&T Park.
And things could not have looked better. Tim Lincecum looked like his old self, pitching strong into the eighth inning. The Giants got their first home run from Pat “The Bat” Burrell and Bengie Molina hit his first home run in more than a month.
And for the first time in a long time, Bruce Bochy finally ran out a lineup that made sense.
Andres Torres leading off followed by Freddy Sanchez and Buster Posey in the No. 3 hole.
On Thursday, Bochy had become so spooked by the Giants’ penchant for hitting into double plays — and most notably Pablo Sandoval’s penchant for hitting into double plays — that he had he put on a suicide squeeze with a two-run lead, runners on first and third, one out and with his No. 3 hitter up. Sandoval missed the signed and the whole thing blew up from there.
After watching that, Splash Hits was thinking that if you don’t have confidence in your No. 3 hitter to drive in runners, then that player shouldn’t be your No. 3 hitter.
Putting a rookie into that spot may put pressure on a young player. But Posey has shown poise beyond his years so far. And, not only that, but he’s been raking.
Juan Uribe was the cleanup hitter. True, he’s not your typical cleanup hitter. But he does lead the team in RBI this season. And recently, he’s shown a bit more patience at the plate. Twice on Friday, he worked the count full. He walked three times in Thursday’s game. THREE TIMES … IN ONE GAME … JUAN URIBE!?!!!!
Uribe was followed by Pat Burrell, who followed a Uribe walk in the third with his first home run as a Giant. After Burrell came Molina, Sandoval and Rowand.
The only part of this lineup that I would change is flip-flopping Molina and Sandoval. Otherwise, it made sense.
Let’s see what Bochy comes up with tomorrow night.