The Giants continued their tortuous ways yesterday, beating Colorado in the 11th inning on a perfectly placed safety squeeze bunt by Joe Panik, scoring Nori Aoki to put the G-men ahead 5-4. Relief pitcher Jean Machi pitched the final 1 ⅔ innings to get the victory as the Giants evened the series, 1-1 and snapped a four game losing streak to the Rockies in 2015.
The offense continued to struggle with men on base, despite rapping out 12 hits, as they left 13 men on base and were just 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position. But once again, it was the solid pitching from starter Tim Hudson (7 innings pitched, three runs) and five relievers (four innings pitched, one run) that enabled the Giants to capture the victory.
Most of the offense was generated on home runs by Andrew Susac (solo shot in the fourth) and Justin Maxwell (two-run blast in the sixth). Angel Pagan led the team with four hits, including a double and a run scored, going 4 for 6 on the night. Buster Posey and Casey McGehee both went 2 for 5, each with a double, with Posey adding a RBI in the first inning. It was great to see Posey and McGehee come to life, as they’ve both struggled offensively thus far.
The story of this game though was really Tim Hudson. Huddy has not pitched well at Coors Field in his career, coming into the evening with a record of 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA over eight starts. Hudson threw 95 pitches in seven innings, allowing three runs on 8 hits, striking out two with no walks. He did allow two homers, but in typical fashion, he battled all game and kept the Giants close in another quality start. Huddy said, “I felt pretty good as the game went on. That’s kind of been the case the last few outings. I’m not sure why that it is. Maybe it’s that these old bones start getting lubed up a little bit after the third or fourth inning.” The Giants bullpen was almost perfect over four innings, with the only hiccup coming when Santiago couldn’t hold the 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.
The Giants were due to send Tim Lincecum to the mound tonight in the rubber match, however game three of this series has been postponed due to rain and a make up date will be determined at a later time. So it’s on to Los Angeles for a rematch tomorrow night with the first place Dodgers. The Giants will go into the three game series either 3.5 or 4.5 games back of the Dodgers, depending on the outcome of the Padres-Dodgers game today. Manager Bruce Bochy has announced that he’ll push his rotation back one day, and starting Lincecum will represent a favorable matchup against the Dodgers, as he has pitched very well against them over his career. Let the chant begin (beat LA, beat LA, beat LA)!