SF Giants News

Manny Strikes – Blows Zito’s Gem

By Bryan Rose

As soon as Barry Zito walked Garret Anderson, you could all but feel it in the pit of your stomach. You just knew something was going to happen. Something bad.

Zito, who pitched an excellent game was removed in the top of the 8th after walking pinch hitter Garret Anderson on a 3-2 count. Bruce Bochy felt Zito’s tank was getting empty, especially with Manny Ramirez on deck so he made a move for the ultra reliable Sergio Romo. In the back of my mind, I questioned the move and wondered why it wasn’t Affedlt rather than Romo. Romo, excellent as he’s been (and is) sometimes tends to leave his pitches flat – and doing that with a fastball or a slider to one of the best hitters the game has ever seen – well, it’s not going to end well. At least with Affedlt, you’d think he could keep Manny in the park with a sinker despite the lefty-righty matchup. But alas, Bochy went with Romo who promptly delivered a fat slider down the heart of the plate that Manny sent about 5-7 rows up into Mannywood, erasing the Giants 1-0 lead. Jonathan Broxton came in and quickly sat down the Giants offense in the top of the 9th – sending the G-men on their bus down I-5 with a series loss.

Matt Cain takes the hill in Game 1 versus the Padres who just finished sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Update: Aaron Rowand has returned to San Francisco to consult with medical staff about possible surgery. Rowand has three (not two, as originally thought) fractures in his cheek, but says the headaches and overall swelling has reduced and his vision is fine. Mark DeRosa will be in uniform for the opener at San Diego and is expected to play.

Update #2: After consulting with doctors, Rowand has decided to not opt for an operation and will let the injury heal itself. He’ll be expected back early to mid May.