Sunday, June 20, 2010

Game Recap: SF 9, TOR 6

When it was looking like we were going to lose this game because Jonathan Sanchez was walking what seemed like every other batter that he faced, I was going to write about how much I hate walks. But forget about that! In a surprising development, the Giants starting pitching was bad and the offense SCORED SOME RUNS!!!

We'll get to talking about those runs, but let's start from the beginning. Sanchez was not good. In 2 2/3 innings he only gave up 3 runs and did have 5 strikeouts, but also walked 5 batters and really struggled with his control all day. In the second inning alone he walked 4 batters and one bloop single brought in two runs. The third inning wasn't much better for Sanchez and his day was done early. A Huff homer made the score 3-1, but for a while it was looking like it was going to be another bad day for the offense.

Then came the sixth inning, and it was a big one. Shaun Marcum, who had largely stumped the Giants with his 88-MPH fastball and a nasty changeup, was out of the game and Brian Tallet was in for the Jays. First Renteria walked and Rowand doubled. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Torres singled, scoring a run. Then the other Sanchez picked a great time to hit his first home run of the year. Freddy Sanchez hit a 3-run homer to left field right inside the foul pole gave the Giants a 6-3 lead. Uribe added a run-scoring double and Burrell hit a two-run shot in the 8th to give the Giants a 9-3 lead. The Blue Jays made it a little interesting in the 9th, but it wasn't enough to overcome the offensive outburst from the Giants.

And we can't talk about the game without giving props to the bullpen. With the exception of Jeremy Affeldt (ouch!), the bullpen pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings. They've had some issues recently, but they really came through today.

The Giants have to be glad to get out of Toronto. Bring on the Astros. Happy Father's Day!

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