Perhaps Tim Hudson (5-8, 4.76) might have benefited from a start or two with the Triple-A River Cats? At some point in the very near future the Giants’ brass are going to have to decide whether or not Huddy is helping or hurting the team. Because as if this moment, barring a trade for another starting pitcher, it appears that Ryan Vogelsong does give the G-men a better chance of winning.
San Diego beat Tim Hudson and the Giants yesterday at Petco Field, ending the Giants six game winning streak. The Padres have won five straight on the heels of a six game losing streak.
Huddy lasted only four innings in his return from the disabled list, throwing 96 pitches, only 54 for strikes. He allowed five hits, four walks, three runs (including a two-run homer to Matt Kemp), while striking out three. Admittedly, Huddy was not sharp in his first game back. “Once I get (on) the mound more, my fastball command well definitely come,” Huddy said. The question is, do the Giants have time to wait for Hudson, hoping he returns to form, or do they make a trade before the deadline to strengthen their starting five for the stretch run? Asked whether Huddy was fit to remain in the rotation, Manager Bruce Bochy exclaimed tersely, “I’m not going to answer that. This is our rotation right now and we’re going to run with it.”
Gregor Blanco hit a solo home run (his fourth) in the third inning to put the Giants ahead briefly 1-0. Blanco is hitting .304 in his best season yet as a Giant, and has been a real blessing for Boch, filling in for the injured Nori Aoki and occasionally for Angel Pagan who continues to play banged up. Joe Panik remained hot, going 2 for 4 with a run scored.
In Huddy’s defense, he didn’t get much support from the Giants’ offense, as they managed just seven hits and only one extra base hit in this pitcher’s park. The G-men were 1 for 4 with runners in scoring position, as Buster Posey singled in Joe Panik in the fifth inning to tie the score 2-2. The Padres would take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly off of Yusmeiro Petit, after Hudson loaded the bases with no outs before departing.
Tonight the Giants will send rookie Chris Heston (9-5, 3.39) to the hill as he seeks to match Madison Bumgarner in wins at 10. Heston has been hot as of late, allowing three runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts, including a no hitter last month. He’ll be opposed by Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 4.64). Despaigne has allowed only three earned runs against the G-men in 29 2/3 career innings.
- Nori Aoki is set to start his rehab assignment today with the River Cats and could return to the Giants as early as Friday night against the A’s at AT&T Park
- In an expected move, the Giants designated Jean Machi for assignment yesterday to create a roster spot for Huddy’s return
- Jeremy Affeldt continues to pitch well in his rehab assignment, but Boch said his return to the big club isn’t imminent