Sep 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) reacts during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
This is kind of fun to say: The San Francisco Giants chased a pitcher named Chase and the Snakes out of Chase Field. I doubt that Chase Anderson, or the Diamondbacks think it’s fun at all.
The Giants needed to win Tuesday’s game. Let face it, it would be nice if they won as many of their upcoming games as they can. But let’s start with Tuesday.
The Giants looked like they were having fun. Tim Hudson was on the mound and he was fantastic‒and he took that fantastic-ness to the plate. But first I want to talk about the first two innings pitched to Arizona.
The first inning, Hudson faced three batters, and all three batters ground out to Brandon Crawford, throwing to Brandon Belt. A 1, 2, 3 inning. The second Arizona inning, almost identical, only this time it was Joe Panik, throwing to Belt. Another 1, 2, 3 inning. Two perfect innings from the senior statesman of the rotation.
The only base runner for the Giants the first two innings was Panik. And that was a weird one. With a 3-2 count, the next pitch was inside for ball four. But plate umpire Angel Hernandez didn’t call ball four. In fact, he dropped back into his crouch, ready to call the next pitch. The Giants dugout went crazy trying to get the umpire’s attention. Luckily, they were successful.
It took a replay review before Panik was given his base.
Gregor Blanco led-off the third inning, batting eighth. Kuiper had the call: “Blanco drives one, center field, hits it well, it…is…aaaaaa triple!” Krukow: “weirdest triple I’ve ever seen” Kuiper: “it is outttahere!” The umpire called the ball in play, but it hit above the yellow line designating it a home run. The call was changed on the field immediately.
Before the fanfare had a chance to die down, Hudson hit his first home run of the year and fourth of his career. Kuiper got to call it the way it should have been called for Blanco. He sounded very happy. The Giants have the most home runs from their pitching staff than any other team in the MLB according to a report by CSN-BA.
The Giants continued to move the line along‒Angel Pagan hit a single, Panik followed up with a double, scoring Pagan and Duffy’s base hit scored Panik. Duffy scored on Brandon Belt’s double.
Arizona scored a run off Hudson, who pitched six solid innings allowing one run on four hits. He struck out four. Josh Osich relieved Hudson and pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one run on one hit‒it was a home run.
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Panik finished up his night by hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning. It’s so good to have him back. The final score was: Giants 6, Arizona 2
It was an interesting, entertaining game. I could watch one of those every night. In fact, I’m proposing the Giants play fun, weird and wacky games every day.
There was some bad news: Brandon Crawford left the game, still having trouble with his leg and Panik was hit in the back by a pitch. It was his upper back‒but as any of you who have back problems know‒any time you have a trauma to your back, it causes spasms and that can lead to problems. I sincerely hope that is not the case.
Any way you look at it, Panik is good for the team. He is the shot in the arm the team needed. Hunter Pence would be a big boost, but there is no word yet on his return.
One thing I do know‒games like Tuesday’s just make me more of a believer.