Season Home Opener: Giants beat LA, 4-2

Ah, the sweet smell of victory! Punctuated by an Alfonzo two-run homer (maybe it was his uniform number change from 13 to 12 that did it for him :^) and a 3-4 day at the plate, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Made all the sweeter because I have Alfonzo in my Yahoo Fantasy Baseball League.

Schmidt was shaky at first (2 runs in first 2 IP) but then found a groove to pitch 7 innings in about 100 pitches (102 to be exact). Later in the season, he would have gotten another 20 pitches and the chance to get a complete game. 9 K's, only 4 hits and 2 walks, his only mistake was to the first batter of the game, Izturis, who belted a homer to lead off the game. It looked shaky from the start but he settled down and then Alfonzo's homer tied the game at 2-2.

Then Eyre came in the 8th and struck out 2 hitters and retiring all three batters he faced, earning a hold. Lastly, the frosting on the cake with Benitez coming in and, after giving up a hit, was saved by two great defensive plays, first by Vizquel, second by Snow, resulting in a slick doubleplay and a groundout. Cha-ching, first save.

The Giants had a number of opportunities to break the game wide open but the heart of the lineup - Snow, Alou, Feliz - failed to deliver this game. That's OK. Schmidt was in control for much of the game and the offense did just enough (with the help of 2 Dodger errors) to win the game, which is the most important thing.

Plus there were some standout offense. Vizquel went 2-3 with a walk (though no runs...). Snow was 1-3 with a walk. Tucker went 1-2. The Giants amassed 10 hits and 2 walks but blew a number of opps to score with no timely hitting. Luckily the Dodgers played oopsy with the ball at inopportune times and the Giants have a win. Go Giants!


Anonymous adam said...

hey, your writing is good, but your new color scheme is abysmal. the grey against the orange is really low contrast and unreadable, and the black on orange is really high contrast and almost as difficult to read. not to impose my own design standards on you, but could you possibly consider going back to using black type on white, and using orange as an accent? but keep writing in any case... thanks.

Thu Apr 07, 09:56:00 AM PDT  

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