It’s 4:00. Time for the season to officially start. Kruk and Kuip are dressed up and we are ready to kick things off. Timmy’s on the mound to face the d-bags. Let’s get things going!
Pagan allays all fears about his hitting by promptly popping out to center. Surely nobody will mention that…
Melky doubles, Pablo juuuust misses one, and Buster (sporting the makings of a neckbeard) walks. Huff pops out to end the inning. No runs, but all three outs went deep into the outfield. Either Kennedy is off his game or we have the makings of a football score. I’d be happy with both.
Yep. Football score. Chris Young gets two runs on what would have been a routine fly back home. Two batters later Goldschmidt picks up where he left off- hitting against the Giants and only the Giants. Dammit.
Definitely going to be a football score. Hopefully the Niners will be able to come out ahead of the Cardinals.
Kennedy walks the pitcher, and Pagan continues to inspire confidence by popping out to short. Then Crawford takes one off the chest for an E6. Is it going to be one of those games? On opening day, no less? Timmy gets out of it with no harm done. Progress!
The Giants look to be seeing Kennedy well and squaring up, but everyone is just barely missing. Lots of pop-up deep in the outfield, but on another day they would have six runs right now.
The good news is that Timmy has settled down. The bad news is, so has Kennedy. Something might be brewing, however, as Pagan laces a double down the line in right…
The Melk Man delivers! A Matt Williams special that never got much higher than the wall and made it out in a hurry. Giants are on the board. Pablo and Posey end the inning, but that’s a pair of runs off of Kennedy and the lead is now just one run.
Timmy has struck out five batters in a row. So much for the “he lost his fastball” handwringing.
…and AZ plates two on a bases-loaded double. About two batters too late. 5-3 Dbags.
Arizona likes their bullpen so much that Kennedy is hitting with two outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd. Kennedy hasn’t exactly been lights-out today, so that should tell you something.
Two on, but Huff couldn’t get them in and the 7th ends. You want to chalk it up to Huff being terrible, but Patterson is a pretty nasty AB for lefties. Tough to hit a ball coming in from behind your back. Still, it’s starting to feel like a loss today. Way too many men left on base.
Mota just picked a guy off. So there’s that. And Crawford made a hell of a play on that grounder after getting another bad hop. How much is he looking forward to the AT&T dirt?
Affeldt in, and he hit a guy on 0-2, because it’s that kind of day.
That’s the game, but it sure got interesting at the end, didn’t it? Pablo with the RBI double, but Posey can’t get it past the shortstop. 5-4, but the Giants had the tying run at second. Not sure they get it that close with last year’s offense. Timmy stumbled a bit, but chalk that up to opening day nerves and a hitter-friendly ballpark.
There’s no such thing as a good loss, but there is plenty to like about today’s effort.