Chris Heston first calmed his own nerves after a shaky first couple of batters, and then the collective nerves of his teammates and fans, as he pitched six solid innings, getting the victory in the Giants 5-2 win over Arizona last night. With the win, the Giants take the series and head to San Diego feeling a little better about their starting pitching situation.
The Giants’ offense continued to produce, knocking 14 base hits, including 5 extra base hits, with every starter except Heston getting at least one hit. Hector Sanchez played well behind the plate, catching his familiar battery mate, and also picked up two hits. And newcomer and starting third baseman, Casey McGeehee (Pablo who?) delivered a double and a two-run homer as the Giants’ offense supported Heston and the three relievers that followed.
The Giants get ready for the opener of a four game set this afternoon (3:40 start) against the Padres, with Tim Hudson taking the mound against the formidable Ian Kennedy. Although it’s certainly early, this four game series will give us an indication of just how talented this newly tooled Padre team really is, and whether or not they’ll be a true contender for the NL West title. Of course the “traditional” sports media is picking the Padres and Dodgers to contend for the NL West, as the Giants continue to receive no respect, despite winning three world championships in the last five years. Yes, the Giants are in familiar territory, right where they like to be, as underdogs.
One thing we know for sure, Bruce Bochy and the Giants are ready for whatever the season may bring. And “next man up” might be the rallying cry for this 2015 San Francisco Giants ball club.