Long (ball) night for Wellemeyer

Dodgers 10, Giants 8

LP: Todd Wellemeyer

Giant HR: Pablo Sandoval (2), Eugenio Velez (2)

Record: 7-3, first in NL West 2 games ahead of Arizona and Los Angeles

More Splash Hits didn’t get a chance to see Friday’s games — too many family commitments. And it’s just as well. Looks like it would have been a waste of a good Friday night.

Somebody forgot to tell the Giants that Vicente Padilla is NOT a strikeout pitcher. And somebody forgot to tell Todd Wellemeyer that he IS supposed to be a groundball pitcher.

Five of the first nine batters the Giants sent up against Padilla fanned on Friday, while the Dodgers belted three home runs in the first two innings off Wellemeyer, building a 7-0 lead.

As for the Giants’ hitters, this is a trend we’ve been seeing a bit this young season. They struggle against pitchers the first time they see them, then make adjustments the second time through the lineup. It happend against Tim Hudson, Kenshin Kawakami and Paul Maholm. But the difference in those game is that the Giants pitching kept them in the game.

That was not the case Friday night.

The Giants hitters did eventually get going, scoring three runs off Padilla. But it was too little, too late. The game was more lopsided than the final as the Giants tallied five runs in the top of the ninth. Eugenio Velez is becoming the Giants’ big power bat. He belted a three run homer in the ninth to get the game to 10-8.

Hopefully, pitching won’t be the problem Saturday with Tim Lincecum on the mound. But the Giants are facing a young knuckleballer in Charlie Haeger. Let’s hope the Giant hitters can show some patiences and see a lot of pitches. That’s how you win against a knuckleballer. It is not the Giants’ hitting M.O. however.

1 Comment

Knuckleballers can cause issues for the best teams. I know that Wakefield dominated us for years. Then the last two years the Rays figured him out. The difference is that this Haeger kid gets ALOT of strikeouts. Alas, not tonight. I was surprised at seeing how easily your guys handled him. Well done. I have your Giants winning your division this year, and Lincecum and nights like tonight are the reason.

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