Opening Day Recap

Ouch. The Giants hurt themselves in a 2-1 loss to That Blue Team.

Tim Lincecum went 7 innings, giving up 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, and striking out 5. He was, to put it in a cliché term, effectively wild. He seemed extremely hittable in the first few innings, then settled down and gained control.

On the other hand, the defense wasn’t there for him. The wheels came off in the bottom of the 6th, beginning with a Miguel Tejada error, allowing James Loney to reach base and moving Matt Kemp to third. Lincecum hit former Giant Juan Uribe with a pitch to load the bases. After seeing Kemp off the bag, Buster Posey tried to pick him off, but the throw sailed into the outfield, allowing Kemp to score and Loney and Uribe to move up a base. Lincecum managed to get out of the inning without further damage, however.

Into the 9th, Jonathan Broxton came in to close the game out, but Pat Burrell didn’t think that way. He hit a solo home run to give Giants fans some hope and it cut the score to 2-1. With two out, rookie Brandon Belt was up. He had one  long at-bat, unfortunately ending in a lineout, but it showed his plate discipline.

The game may not have resulted in the win the Giants and their fans had hoped for, but there were some plus sides to this game, such as Brandon Belt’s offense and defense (the rookie went 1-for-3 in his Major League debut with a walk and long, patient at-bats, in addition to being solid defensively) and Pablo Sandoval’s nice glovework at third.

The Giants have another shot at their first win of the season again at Dodger Stadium, tonight at 7:10 PM with LHP Jonathan Sanchez on the mound.

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