At the beginning of Thursday night’s Giants/Padres game, the announcers on the TV broadcast were quick to point out that the Giants were missing the “Killer P’s”—Pagan, Posey, Pence, Panik—from the line up. Are they kidding me? We grow “Killer P’s” on the farm. Where do they think Buster Posey and Joe Panik came from? Our very own home-grown prospect Jarrett Parker was in the line up and he smacked a line drive over the right field fence in the first inning. It was his third home run this spring.
Jake Peavy, one of our veteran “Killer P’s” was on the mound to start the game. He pitched four innings, faced 21 hitters and threw 73 pitches. He gave up three runs—two earned, two were home runs—on eight hits and one walk. He struck out two batters.
One of the blogs I regularly read talked about the Giants starting rotation recently. If you’re interested, take a quick side-trip to McCovey Chronicles for Grant Brisbee’s blog post. Just click on the link:
Grant Brisbee is pretty funny. I think you’ll like his stuff. I know I do. I don’t always understand it, but I like it.
The Giants scored first. I already told you about Jarrett Parker’s home run, but even before Parker scored—Ehire Adrianza led off with a double and scored on Brandon Belt’s sac fly to center. The Padres scored a run in their half of the first.
The Giants didn’t score a run in the second, but the Padres did. Again. After two, the score was:
Giants 2, Padres 2
The Giants got busy in the third inning. Matt Duffy reached first on an error committed by his Padres counterpart. Brandon Belt hit a double that advanced Duffy to third. Duffy scored on a wild pitch while Trevor Brown was at the plate.
Mac Williamson was awarded first after being hit by a pitch. Belt and Williamson both advanced a base when the Padres pitcher threw the wild pitch that scored Duffy and both scored on Brown’s base hit. The Padres scored yet another run in the bottom of the inning. After the third inning, the score was:
Giants 5, Padres 3
In the fifth the Giants got their bats busy again. With one out and nobody on, the Padres put the shift on and Belt laid down a perfectly placed bunt to left, easily reaching first. Parker hit a double, scoring Belt, advanced to third on Mac Williamson’s base hit and scored on Trevor Brown’s ground out to short. Williamson scored on Ramiro Pena’s triple to center field. The Giants offense stayed busy all night with eight runs on ten hits and two walks. The Padres scored a final run in the bottom of the ninth. The final score was:
Giants 8, Padres 4
Now for a serious note: this is the time and this is the place for all bitching, moaning, griping, complaining. Remember earlier in this post I mentioned that Mac Williamson was awarded first after being hit by a pitch? It happened again in the ninth and Grant Green was hit by a pitch in the sixth. Three HBP’s in one game is too much. The Giants aren’t the top of the list, but we’re in the top five. It needs to stop. Now. Players can, and have, suffered serious injury. So what do you say? Time to knock it off.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight…the Giants take on the Padres again, this time in Giants country, at Scottsdale Stadium. Game time is 7:05 pm and the game will be broadcast on MLB.TV and NBC Bay Area or MLB.com for the audio version.
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