Madison Bumgarner had one of those rare innings when things looked like they might get away from him. You know–like Jake Peavy and Matt Cain have recently experienced.
For Madison it was the second inning. All of sudden the Rockies were hitting the ball and the Giants weren’t there to field them. Or they were there and couldn’t hang onto them. Or throw them. The big difference between Madison and the back end of the rotation–he dug in. locked and loaded. After the second inning, the Rockies were held scoreless. He allowed 7 hits, four runs–three earned–one walk, while striking out ten.
Enter #rallyCraw. In the bottom of the second inning, as we were still recovering from the Rockies big inning–oh, who am I kidding, we’ve seen bigger, lots bigger, twice in the last week for crying out loud–Brandon Crawford took up a bat, and with two men on, smacked that ball so hard it almost landed in the drink. One swing of the bat and we were back in it with both feet. Robert on the Kruk & Kuip game thread on Facebook predicted it. Omniscient fan.
The Giants score two more runs in the fifth, Denard Span reached with a bunt and scored on Matt Duffy’s triple. Hunter Pence’s single brought Duffy home. The G-Men scored another the seventh when Brandon Belt doubled Duffy-who reached on a fielder’s choice-home. The final score was:
Giants 6, Rockies 4
There’s been a ton of talk about what to do with our fourth and fifth starters. After Tim Lincecum staged his showcase yesterday, there was an outpouring of fans saying “sign Timmy!” I hate to say it, but I don’t think Bobby Evans or Brian Sabean much care about the Lunatic Fringe’s opinion. And Timmy is going where he get a spot in the starting rotation. BTW, I watched his showcase, and I’m sorry, but that was like watching paint dry or grass grow. Yawn.
Bruce Bochy treats his pitchers like poisonous snakes–no sudden moves. He keeps his comments positive when he’s interviewed. He said he isn’t making any moves after a month, but it’s time to talk. If things don’t change with the back of our rotation, I can see him looking for alternatives toward the end of the month.
I figured out Thursday after losing, we need to win 3 out of 5 for the rest of the season to end with 95 wins. 16 down, 79 to go. We’ve taken the division with less.
Today is a Johnny Cueto start. BFF Vickie’s daughter decided to celebrate her 18th by taking in today’s game. Vickie raised her right. Happy 18th Zoe and have a great day at the Yard. Those of us without tickets can watch it on CSN-BA or listen on KNBR 680. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.