Family obligations kept me from watching the Giants on Sunday. And apparently, that was a good thing.
When I checked the score and saw the Giants ahead 6-0, I thought all was well with Matt Cain on the mound.
But things went downhill from there, and now the Giants are 0-3 for the first time in more than 25 years.
And we get to look forward to Barry Zito pitching on Monday in Colorado.
That’s because the Giants have no better option. Eric Surkamp received clearance to throw on Sunday, but he won’t be ready to pitch in game situations until early May.
If you want to read all the gory details of Sunday’s loss, check out Andrew Baggarly’s report.
Pitching and fielding has been a bigger issue than hitting so far this season, as the Giants are averaging almost 5 runs a game. However, there is a definite split in production in the lineup.
Hitters Nos. 1-5 in the starting lineup are 17 for 63 (.270).
Hitters Nos. 6-8 are 3-31 (.098). That includes Brandon Belt, who 1 for 10 with five strikeouts.
All right time to break some silver linings somewhere:
- Buster Posey hit his first home run Sunday since April 24 of last year. Good to see.
- The Giants are one of five 0-3 teams in the majors, joining the Red Sox, Yankees, Twins and Braves. So at least misery has good company.
- Freddy Sanchez took infield practice, and by all accounts, looked significantly better than before he was shut down in spring training. Sanchez should start at rehab assignment some time this week with Fresno, then he needs to be activated with 20 starts of starting the assignment. So he could be back anytime between 1-3 weeks.
The Giants open a three-game series at Colorado. Barry Zito faces Jhoulys Chacin at 1 p.m. Monday. And we’ll be watching … and hoping.