Renteria for MVP! Giants are 4-0!
Edgar Renteria had another huge day at the plate as the San Francisco Giants survived to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in 13 innings on Friday.
Renteria went 3 for 5 with a double, and home run. His double led to two runs in the seventh. His two-run home run off Billy Wagner tied the game in the ninth.
So the Giants are now 4-0 on the young season, even though they almost “Bochied” it.
The Giants cleaned out the bullpen and the bench on Friday, using 21 of the 25 players on the active roster to earn the victory.
In the series in Houston, More Splash Hits was starting to wonder about manager Bruce Bochy’s penchant for double switches and late-game defensive replacements often puts the Giants thin on bench players.
Given that the Giants decided to carry 12 pitchers, it only leaves five bench players on game day.
Here’s how Bochy managed Friday’s contest.
Top of the fifth: Brandon Medders replaces Jonathan Sanchez on the mound.
Bottom of sixth: Nate Schierholtz hits for Medders.
Top of seventh: Guillermo Mota relieves Medders
Top of eighth: Waldis Joaquin relieves Mota; Dan Runzler relieves Joaquin; Eugenio Velez replaces Mark DeRosa in LF in double switch.
Top of 10th: Travis Ishikawa replaces Aubrey Huff at 1B/Brian Wilson relieves Runzler in double switch
Bottom of 10th: Eli Whiteside runs for Bengie Molina
Top of 11th: Sergio Romo relieves Wilson
Bottom of 12th: Andres Torres hits for Romo
Top of 13th: Jeremy Affeldt relieves Romo
It’s hard to debate most of Bochy’s moves. The bullpen gave up one run on four hits in 8 2/3 innings pitched, even though the pen also walked seven batters.
But the one curious move came in the 12th. Pablo Sandoval led off with a bloop double down the left-field line. At this point, Bochy needed to make one of two decisions: 1) used Torres to pinch-hit for Romo, and allow Torres to try to drive Sandoval home; or 2) opt to sacrifice Sandoval to third. Bochy opted for the latter, but why use Torres for this. Why not use one of his four starting pitchers on the bench to bunt Sandoval to third? Instead, he burned his final bat on his bench.
That left Ishikawa and Whiteside to bring Sandoval home. They didn’t. Ishikawa his a slow chopper to second. We don’t know why Sandoval wasn’t running on contact. The ball was weakly hit and Sandoval had a fair shot of scoring. Instead, he left it to Whiteside, who struck out.
Fortunately, some aggressive running and good breaks in the 13th got the Giants out with the win and without having to go on playing any longer.
In the 13th, Uribe walked (the Giants’ only walk of the day). He stole second. Aaron Rowand swung and missed on the pitch, and his backswing made it difficult for Braves catcher Brian McCann to make the throw to second. The throw went into center and Uribe went to third.
Rowand then pulled the ball into the hole at short. The Braves’ Yunel Escobar made a play on the ball, but could not throw Rowand out, and Uribe scampered home with the win.