I had a meeting this evening and wasn’t able to catch the first half of the game on television. However, I did have gamecast on my phone and was loosely following the game. It was good to see that Angel Pagan had a leadoff single in the first inning. Statistically speaking, there was a good chance he was going to score. Especially with a rookie that has an ERA over 5.00 on the hill in an SD uniform. Tony Abreu didn’t do anything to move the runner over, Brandon Belt strikes out (Pagan steals second), Buster Posey singles but can only get Pagan to third, Hunter Pence walks. Pablo Sandoval puts up a battle that is ultimately won by the pitcher as he strikes out swinging. My dreams were squashed when the Giants were unable to push a run across the plate when they sent six men to the plate.
Aug 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Bottom of the first inning: Madison Bumgarner has a 1-2-3 first inning.
Top of the second: Giants go down in order.
Bottom of the second inning: Madison Bumgarner has a 1-2-3 second inning.
Sep 2, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) during an at bat against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Top of third inning: Well this started off similarly the top of the first inning. Angel Pagan hits a leadoff double. However, that is where Pagan would stay for the rest of the inning as Tony Abreu and Brandon Belt ground out sharply followed by a Buster Posey ground out.
Bottom of the third inning: Nick Hundley gets the first hit off of Bumgarner but, this was erased by a Ronny Cedeno grounding into a double play. Pitcher Robbie Erlin ends the inning with a strikeout.
Top of the fourth inning: Hunter Pence led off the inning with a walk. Hunter Pence would be stranded at first base for the remainder of the inning as the next three batters were retired in order.
Bottom of the fourth inning: Madison Bumgarner has a 1-2-3 fourth inning.
This is where I get home from my meeting and am no longer listening on radio.
Top of the fifth inning: Giants go down in order.
Bottom of the fifth inning: Kyle Blanks hits a one-out double to center field. Bumgarner was able to retire the next batter. However, Nick Hundley was able to hit a two out double to center field to score the first run of the game. Bruce Bochy elected to walk the eighth place hitter to get to the pitcher. This would backfire as Erlin was able to hit a bloop single into center field. Padres 2, Giants 0.
Top of the sixth inning: Brandon Belt opens the inning with a single, followed by a Buster Posey single. Hunter Pence would pop out but, Pablo Sandoval was able to open the Giants scoring with a single that scored Belt. After a pitching change, Joaquin Arias hit a single to center field. Juan Perez would strike out swinging. Padres 2, Giants 2.
Bottom of the sixth inning: Will Venable hit a leadoff double. Bumgarner retired the next two batters, Jedd Gyorko and Jesus Guzman, via the strikeout. After a wild pitch moved Venable to moved to third Bumgarner walked Kyle Blanks and then retired Logan Forsythe with a strikeout.
Top of the seventh inning: This is worst inning EVER! Angel Pagan hits a leadoff triple. Tony Abreu pops out to shortstop (Pagan was unable to score). Then Brandon Belt hits a shallow ball to center field (Pagan was unable to score). Hector Sanchez would leave Pagan at third when he struck out swinging.
Bottom of the seventh inning: Jake Dunning in for Madison Bumgarner. Dunning couldn’t find the strike zone as he walked the first batter, Nick Hundley on four pitches. Ronny Cedeno followed with a single on the first pitch. Dunning out, Javier Lopez in. Lopez popped Mark Kotsay to shortstop. However, Chris Denorfia was able to hit a single to score Hundley. Lopez was able to retire Venable. Next batter is Gyorko, Javier Lopez out as pitcher in comes George Kontos. Kontos was able to retire Gyorko.
Top of the eighth inning: After Pence and Sandoval were retired, Arias got a two out single. Gregor Blanco replaced Juan Perez and he got a single. Runners on first and second for pinch hitter Roger Kieschnick who struck out swinging.
February 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Heath Hembree (72) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Bottom of the eighth inning: In for the Giants pitching NUMBER 38 HEATH HEMBREE! Yes, we got to see the major league debut of Heath Hembree and it was good. First batter flies out followed by two strikeouts. K&K said Brian Wilson (former number 38) would be proud. I beg to differ, Wilson always seemed to allow a runner or two on base before he would get a / or blow a save.
Top of the ninth inning: Pagan struck out. Abreu grounds out softly to first. Belt doubled. Hector Sanchez comes to the plate (Sergio Romo starts to warm up) and he grounds out softly to first to end the game.