After two games of struggling defense, pitching hiccups and replay woes, the San Francisco Giants had a night of solid baseball as they took on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Led by a strong orange and black debut from Tim Hudson, the Giants relied on their strength on the hill as they took Game 3 of the season, beating Arizona 2-0.
It may have been the 206th win of his career, but it was No. 1 as a Giant. After nine years with the Atlanta Braves, Hudson made his first official start in a San Francisco uniform and showed his pitching prowess hasn’t faltered. Huddy lasted 7.2 innings, giving up only three hits while striking out seven. He didn’t allow a single run in that time, a feat the veteran hadn’t achieved since late 2012. Hudson was aided by a strong defense led by Angel Pagan, who saved a run with a diving catch in the top of the fifth inning.
“I had a couple mistakes, where they got the barrel down…It’s nice to have some defense behind you, running balls down…it’s a good luxury to have,” Hudson said after the game.
Pagan had a solid night both in the field and with the bat. The center fielder with the flowing locks helped Hudson hold the Diamondbacks scoreless with two excellent catches, the other one occurring in the bottom of the eighth inning. At the plate, Pagan went two-for-five with an RBI, knocking in Ehire Adrianza for the first run of the game. Adrianza made the first start of his career, and while he went hitless on Wednesday night, the young rookie got on base and crossed the plate to score.
The second run for the Giants came on an RBI double from Michael Morse to send Hunter Pence home from first. Pence is still hitless in twelve at-bats, and looking to find his swing. He was another strength in the outfield, and was able to make several plays in right to save a run.
Morse now has two hits on the season. He still hasn’t had anything hit to him in the field, but once he was taken out in the sixth, Tony Campana lined out to his replacement Gregor Blanco. Timing is everything.
After 19 hits and 13 runs over the first two games of the season, tonight’s game focused more on the Giants as of recent years. San Francisco’s game was centered around its strong pitching from Hudson, Javier Lopez, and Sergio Romo, and they were able to get the few runs necessary to get the win. It wasn’t an offensive explosion like Monday night; there was the reliant defense and trustworthy pitching that the Giants have come to know and love.
Side note: Brandon Belt’s home run streak came to a sad end on Wednesday night. There’s always tomorrow.
Side note pt. 2: Pat Burrell was at the game. “The Bat” knocked one out in his first swing during batting practice.
Tomorrow the Giants will complete their first series of the season. They will face the Diamondbacks once more at Chase Field as Tim Lincecum takes on Bronson Arroyo. A case of food poisoning put Lincecum’s afternoon start at stake..
Lincecum will hope to follow his fellow Tim with another strong start against the Diamondbacks, who in general seem to have his number. Aaron Hill is .538 in 13 at-bats against Lincecum, and Paul Goldschmidt has batted .500 (10-for-20) with five home runs against Lincecum.
First pitch at 12:40.