Friday, May 22, 2015

The Boys of Zero

The San Francisco Giants returned home for three games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, first place in their division and the hottest hitting team in the bigs.

The Giants pitchers gave up zero runs in the 27 innings of the three games, and won 2-0, 4-0 and 4-0.  By the time the Dodgers left, the Giants were but a game and a half behind them, in second place.

The starters pitched very well--the operative word being "pitched."  Hudson, Lincecum and Bumgarner got into trouble in various innings, none of them was throwing overpowering stuff consistently, but they pitched their way out of tight spots, aided by superior fielding.

The Giants hit homers (a titanic blast by Posey, MadBum's shot that became the winning run in his game), had timely singles (including RBIs by Hunter Pence in his first games in San Francisco this season) and extra base hits, and also scored on hustle and base-running.  It was a fun series to listen to, full of baseball drama and derring-do.

Now the Giants head back on the road, first stop Colorado where they've had their problems, battling the elevation and close-in fences, but the Rockies are rocky at the moment and the Giants have been out-powering teams used to busting fences.  The pitchers will have to adjust, and it's an exhausting-sounding series, with the first game Friday and a double-header on Saturday.

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