Well, that felt good.
After two frustrating losses to the Dodgers, the Giants finally broke into the win column in 2011 with a 10-0 win on Saturday.
Apparently, the Giants read MoreSplashHits most recent post in which we detailed how the Giants have struggled to score runs without hitting a home run going all the way back to the World Series.
Well, on Saturday, the Giants scored 10 runs and nine of those runs scored without a home run.
The Giants drew walks, slapped hits, got runners over and got them in.
If there’s anything that we can be critical about the Giants on Saturday, it’s that they scored 10 runs when they only needed one.
Too bad we can’t get a little run equity.
The Giants only needed one run because Matt Cain was again brilliant, shutting out the Dodgers over six stellar innings. Cain could have gone farther, having throw 87 pitches through six innings. But with the Giants up 8-0, there was no point.
Freddy Sanchez was the star of the game. Hmm, somewhere I read about how Sanchez was swinging the bat better than any Giant in the early going. Can anyone remember where I read that?
Anyway, Sanchez went 3 for 4 with walk, double and the Giants’ lone home run. He also scored two runs and drove in three.
Miguel Tejada, starting in the leadoff spot for the first time in 12 years, went 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI.
Mark DeRosa, making his first start of the year, went 2 for 5 with two runs, two RBI and a double.
Even Aaron Rowand had a solid game, going 2 for 5.
It was a great day all around, and Bruce Bochy was able to get all 13 position players on the roster into the game and at least one at-bat.
Now, the Giants look to get the split on Sunday night. Remember, the mantra: “Win series at home; play .500 on the road.” A 2-2 open series in L.A. would be a good series.
The Giants send Barry Zito to the mound, just a few days after he was involved in a late-night auto accident.