Game 1 of the 2008 Giants season is in the books and it’s not tough to see how things played out as many of us knew going in that it would be like this. A couple of mistakes coupled with a feeble offensive showing and we’re 0-1.
Newly acquired Aaron Rowand overthrew the cutoff man twice and both runners came into score. That said,it wouldn’t have mattered in the first inning as Jeff Kent hit a 2 run HR which would have scored the runner from any base, but it DOES set a bad tone from the get go.
Later in the game Ray Durham dropped a ball that hit him in the glove allowing Brad Penny to score which made it 5-0. Although it was ruled a fielder’s choice it was clearly a mistake. In that inning there was a wild pitch, a passed ball and the above mentioned mistake. A BAD combination for a team having trouble scoring runs.
Overall Zito had only one 1-2-3 inning out of the 5 he was in the game. Also, not a good sign. Nine runners reached either via hit or walk in 5 innings. At almost 2 runners per inning, it’s a bad recipe for success.
What is with the Giants and their third baseman grounding into inning ending double plays?
On the positive side, Brian Bocock reached base twice via walks and both Merkin Valdez and Eric Threets were able to get rid of first game jitters. Valdez allowed the one run, discussed above, in 1 inning of play. Yabu & Threets each worked a scoreless inning.
All in all it could have been much worse. The Dodgers left 15 runners on base while the Giants only managed 5 hits & 3 walks.
Tomorrow it’s Matt Cain going against Derek Lowe. Cain was arguably the Giants best pitcher last year so let’s hope he gets off to a good start and the team plays well behind him. If Cain can get us a win tomorrow then it’s up to Tim Lincecum to give us a shot at a series win.
Keep your chins up Giants fan, we’re in a bad part of the cycle that many teams have to endure. We’ve had many years of competing so maybe it’s now our turn to take it on the chin so to speak as we re-build with an eye towards the future.