I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Yusmeiro Petit loves to pitch in AT&T Park. I’m going to go even further and say he’d rather pitch at AT&T than any other ball park in America. In case you hadn’t noticed, Petit struggles sometimes when he pitches in other parks. But not at AT&T. At home, he is truly lights out. He pitches like his hair is on fire. Last night’s game was no exception. He pitched 9 complete innings, throwing only 84 pitches. Average that out–it’s less than 10 pitches per inning. That is impressive. And he had all his stuff. He gave up just 4 hits, 1 run–a HR–he didn’t walk anyone and he struck out 9. He had an outstanding night.
The offense got the job done. Especially Panik and Pagan. Panik went 5 for 5. A five-hit night is rare for anyone–almost unheard of for a rookie. Pagan went 4 for 5 and scored 3 runs–but the headline is still Panik’s 5 for 5, because that’s literally batting a thousand.
In the 1st inning Pagan led-off with a base hit, Panik followed with his own base hit, and Pablo drew a walk to load the bases. Susac was up next and drew another walk, scoring Pagan. In the 2nd inning, Petit helped his cause with a base hit–his 1st hit of the season. Pagan singled, so did Panik–he got a base hit every time he came to the plate, remember? 5 for 5–Posey reached 1st base on a Fielder’s Choice, scoring Petit and tacking on another RBI. Pence drew a walk, and with the bases loaded, Pablo also walked, scoring Pagan–making it the 2nd GIANTS run courtesy of a free pass from the Arizona pitcher. The Arizona manager took that pitcher out after 2 innings. Just when I was really starting to like the guy. In the 4th the DBacks lead-off man hit a solo HR. After 4, the score was:
GIANTS 3, Arizona 1
The GIANTS scored again in the 6th. Blanco led-off with a single, advanced to to 2nd on Pagan’s base hit, and scored on a fielding error by Arizona after the DBacks mishandled Panik’s single. Buster Posey brought Pagan home with a SAC fly. And that, GIANTS fans, ended the scoring portion of last night’s game. The final score was:
GIANTS 5, Arizona 1
I think it’s safe to say that Petit is very comfortable at AT&T Park–if Petit pitched like this on the road, half our rotation problems would be solved. I think it’s even safer to say our rookies are getting acclimated. Susac’s performance behind the plate is exceptional and his performance at the plate is impressive. And since I went out onto a limb earlier, I’m going to venture even further out–it’s getting a little wobbly out there–and say that Panik is not going back to Fresno ever. He is the GIANTS 2nd baseman. Didn’t I tell you I like that kid? I don’t want to jinx him or anything, but I really think his nickname should be ROY.