Yesterday was a tough day for the San Francisco Giants. Before the game, they found out that their starting center fielder, Angel Pagan, will miss some time with a knee injury. With Nori Aoki and Hunter Pence already on the disabled list and a couple of first baseman sharing time covering left field, manager Bruce Bochy has his hands full, with his entire starting outfield unavailable to him with various injuries.
Additionally, Jeremy Affeldt was placed on the disabled list yesterday, making room for one of the current starters to move to the bullpen as rehabbing starters Matt Cain and Jake Peavy look to return to the team soon. Tim Hudson (5-7, 4.68), last night’s losing pitcher, could be one of the guys to makes that move to the pen.
Huddy pitched very effectively for the first five innings, allowing just four singles and no runs, while striking out six batters. Then the sixth and seventh innings happened. A three run homer in the sixth by Nolan Arenado (his first of two in the game), put the Rockies ahead 3-1. In the seventh, Huddy got two outs, but allowed a single and walk before being removed from the game. Javier Lopez, who hasn’t been as sharp as of late, was unable to get the third out, allowing all three batters he faced to reach base, with three runners scoring (two charged to Hudson). Huddy’s line for the night: 6 2/3 innings pitched, five runs, ten hits, a walk, six strikeouts and the homerun.
The G-men would allow two more runs in the ninth before rallying in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs to close the gap to 8-6. Both Matt Duffy and Buster Posey both came to the plate representing the tying run, however, both would strikeout and the Giants had another loss at home.
The Giants were able to score six runs on nine hits, going 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Joe Panik reached base four out of five at bats, with a double, two singles and a walk, along with an RBI. He’s now hitting .316 and is the only starter batting over .300. Andrew Susac added his second homerun of the year.
This afternoon, Tim Lincecum (7-4, 3.86), another starter on the bubble to potentially move to the bullpen, takes the mound against Colorado starter Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.03). Rusin has pitched in just six games (five starts) this season. Timmy has struggled lately and probably needs to come up big today to preserve his spot in the starting rotation.