San Francisco Giants: Takeaways from 4-1 Win in Home Opener
By Jake Mastroianni
The San Francisco Giants opened up AT&T Park with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of a sold out crowd on a beautiful day.
The crowd was taken out of the game early after Buster Posey was struck in the head by a pitch.
Things remained quiet for the first three and a half innings until the Giants pushed across three runs.
Matt Moore was absolutely brilliant in this game. More importantly, he went eight innings to help cover up the bullpen.
Here are some takeaways from today’s game:
- Buster Posey hit in head: Obviously the biggest news from this game is Buster Posey getting hit in the head with a 94 MPH fastball from Taijuan Walker. Posey looked to be alright as he sat on the ground for a moment, but he was clearly shaken up. The Giants didn’t take any chances and immediately removed him from the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Posey sits out a few games as a precaution, but I don’t think it’s something that lands him on the disabled list for a while. I just pray that he’s alright.
- Good Matt Moore: Since coming back from injury in 2014 Moore has been up-and-down in his starts. We got the bad Moore in his first outing, but we got good Matt Moore today. He was very efficient with his pitches, and was able to cool down the Diamondbacks offense. I still think he should have gone back out for the ninth.
- Offense good enough: The Giants offense got 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks. They were helped out by the Diamondbacks on a disastrous play after a Matt Moore bunt with the bases loaded, which ended up clearing the bases thanks to some throwing errors.
- Mark Melancon shuts the door: It wasn’t perfect as Melancon gave up a lead-off single in the ninth, but he got the next three guys and eased some concerns for Giants fans.
It’s always nice to win the home opener with a packed crowd. It was a beautiful day at AT&T Park, and the Giants are now 3-5 on the season.
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They’ll be back at home tomorrow for game two of this series as Jeff Samardzija takes on Robbie Ray at 7:15 PT.