No. 5 Lowlight: Giants lose Bruce Bochy’s final home-opener
We begin with the best of the worst, so to speak.
The San Francisco Giants took the field for what would be the final home opener of manager Bruce Bochy’s illustrious career on April 5, facing off against the Tampa Bay Rays.
He was given a nice standing ovation before the game began and was greeted at home plate by Tampa Bay skipper Kevin Cash in what was a cool moment for any baseball fan.
Then the game started.
In front of a sellout crowd of 41,067, the Rays plated four runs in the top of the first inning, including back-to-back home runs from Yandy Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier.
While the Giants offense eventually managed to push across two runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBI doubles from Pablo Sandoval and Steven Duggar, the game ended in a 5-2 loss.
No. 5 Highlight: Farhan Zaidi’s good additions to the team
Since taking over as president of baseball operations during the offseason, Farhan Zaidi has done things a bit differently than San Francisco Giants fans are used to.
To that point, he’s done a good job of upgrading the roster throughout the season.
Kevin Pillar has been a nice veteran pickup for a young team. Alex Dickerson has been a welcome addition to the outfield and the lineup. Mike Yastrzemski has been a nice find after he was acquired on the cheap during spring training.
The list goes on.
Donovan Solano has been a nice find. Tyler Austin has provided some power and flexibility with his ability to hit left-handed pitching and man multiple positions. Stephen Vogt has been a solid backup catcher to Buster Posey.
These are not moves that are going to elevate the team to World Series contention, but they have made the Giants more competitive without sacrificing much of anything.