Take what you will away from it. The Astros trotted out a pretty bad lineup to say the least…but the Giants did everything well. They hit well with runners on. They moved runners over with productive outs. They knocked guys in with sacrifice fly balls. They played very solid defense. All things that they struggled to do last year, despite winning nearly 90 games.
New additions Aubrey Huff and Mark DeRosa made immediate impacts as Huff singled in his first at-bat and started the scoring for the Giants three-run second inning and Mark DeRosa came up late in the 8th and clubbed a line-shot, solo homerun to the right center field bleachers.
The game was more or less domination from start to finish with Lincecum on the mound, though Roy Oswalt tossed a very solid game. Lincecum made ‘Stros look silly in the batters box. They were off balance all night long. He was pulled after the 7th, despite the shutout he was tossing. Sergio Romo came in and shut down the door in the 8th, while Brandon Medders had a bit of the early season blues. Medders struggled, giving up the Astros two runs before Brian Wilson came into the game and shut it down. And I mean. Shut. It Down.
A fine way to start the 2010 baseball season, without a doubt.
The Giants will take on the Astros again tonight with Barry Zito on the mound, opposing Wandy Rodriguez. And yes, while this would typically be a role for the #2 starter, as in Matt Cain, Manager Bruce Bochy wanted to split up Zito and Sanchez (both lefties) and go with a right, left, right, left combo. So Matt Cain will get the start tomorrow, get-away day as the Giants will have a travel day Thursday and play their first home game of the season Friday evening against the upstart Atlanta Braves.