1-0, 161 to go.
The Giants have many questions coming into the 2015 campaign:
– can Matt Cain bounce back from surgery and become a dominant starter again?
– does Tim Hudson have 180 innings and another solid year left?
– will the off season reunion and tuteledge from his father help Tim Lincecum return to his Cy Young form?
– can Angel Pagan play the majority of the season without spending significant time on the disabled list?
– can Joe Panik avoid the “sophomore slump?”
– is Brandon Belt finally ready to deliver on his potential with a breakout year?
– can they win in an odd year?
Last night, they relied on the one guy not attached to a question, Madison Bumgarner. And MadBum was, well MadBum, picking up right where he left off, pitching 7 strong innings, allowing just one run, as the Giants held on to beat the Diamondbacks, 5-4.
The offense came alive in the fifth inning, putting up four runs, capped off by a two-run double from Brandon Crawford. Four Giants relievers stumbled in the eighth inning, allowing 3 runs, but Santiago Casilla pitched a strong ninth to seal the victory and earn his first save.
One of the Giants’ questions might have been answered yesterday as Matt Cain reported a sore forearm and we now await results of an MRI. So with Jake Peavy’s lower back flaring up, Ryan Vogelsong goes tonight in game 2 of the opening series in Phoenix, as manager Bruce Bochy leverages his flexible pitching staff and array of starting pitching options. Buckle up folks, it’s going to be a wildly fun ride.