Tonight marked the debut of highly touted Giants prospect Eric Surkamp. With both 5th starters on the DL, the Giants called up the lefty from the team’s AA affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels,* where Surkamp was sporting a 2.02 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 10-4 record.
*Usually I wouldn’t make a point of mentioning a AA team name, but c’mon – it’s the Flying Squirrels.
As a welcome-to-the-bigs gift, the Houston Astros sent RHP Brett Myers (he of the 3-13 record, 4.95 ERA and dead ferret on his chin) to the mound.
The Giants welcomed their new pitcher by spotting him one whole run in the bottom of the first on a ground-out by Carlos Beltran. There’s your run, new guy – don’t spend it all in one place!
Surkamp came in a bit jittery, but settled down for the first two innings. In the third inning, he got himself into trouble after striking out Jose Altuve. He gave up a single to J. D. Martinez, walked Jason Bourgeouis, then hit Carlos Lee to load the bases. After a visit from Dave Righetti, Surkamp locked it back in to get the last two outs and get out of the inning without allowing any runs to score.
In the top of the fifth, the Giants’ poor defense failed Surkamp, allowing a run to score and tying the game at one each.
Pablo tried to make up for the shoddy defense in the sixth, fielding a grounder near third and faking a throw to first (which likely wouldn’t have been in time), inducing Humberto Quintero to try for third, then tagging him out near the bag.
Surkamp ended his day after the sixth inning with 1 ER, 6H, 3 BB and 4 K. A nice quality start for the former Flying Squirrel, but no decision.
Unfortunately, the Giants’ offensive woes continued as they were 2-hit by Myers through his 7 innings of work. By a guy with a 4.95 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. Two hits. I blame the dead ferret on his face.
The Giants blew a chance to score in the 8th. The Giants had two out, men on 1st and 2nd, and Pablo Sandoval due up, when the Astros brought in Wesley Wright to pitch. In response, Bruce Bochy could not resist the siren song of the gritty veteran who knows how to win, and pulled Sandoval in favor of Orlando Cabrera, who grounded out on his second pitch to end the inning (later citing Sandoval’s bum shoulder as the reason; I remain skeptical).
Following more futility at the plate by the Giants in the 9th, the game went into extra innings (the Giants’ 19th of the season, if you’re keeping track).
So of course, in the bottom of the tenth, the game was won on a run scored by. . . hold on – this must be an error. Nope, I think that’s really what it says. The game was won on a run scored by. . . Mark DeRosa. After he got a hit and stole second. That’s right – he stole second. Which allowed him to win on a single by Jeff Keppinger with 2 outs. In a post-game interview, DeRosa reminded me of what a great guy he is by talking about how much he wanted to help out the team, also noting that “you don’t know how much you miss it until it’s taken away from you.”
And that’s the game. Giants win 2-1 over the Astros. They also now lead the series 2-1.
Tomorrow sees Bud Norris taking the hill against Matt Cain for the final game of the series.