Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4: Step back from the ledge, Giants fans
There was one person on Twitter — I wish I remembered who it was — who probably summed up the Giants 0-2 start to the 2012 season the best.
That person said, and I paraphrase, that it’s better that the Giants are 0-2 with two sub-par pitching performances and good hitting than with stellar pitching and no offense.
The theory there being that the pitching will come around. We’ll take the good hitting as a positive sign.
For the second time in as many days, a Giants pitcher failed to get out of the first inning unscathed and put the Giants in a hole that they were not quite able to climb out of.
On Friday, it was Tim Lincecum. On Saturday, Madison Bumgarner, who got tagged for two runs in the opening frame. Then he gave up two more in the second, putting San Francisco in an early 4-0 hole.
Though two games, the Giants have outscored Arizona 8-3 in innings 3-9. But the D-backs have a 7-0 edge in innings 1-2.
If Matt Cain can put up a zero in the first inning Sunday against Arizona, all will be right in the world.
Well, more or less. The Giants have scored eight runs in two games. Last year, they went 55-9 when score four runs or more. This year, they are already 0-2.
And of those eight runs, six were scored via the home run — two-run homers by Melky Cabrera (Friday), Pablo Sandoval (Saturday) and Brett Pill (Saturday).
The bullpen agains was solid, giving up one run on three hits in four innings. Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez threw hitless innings.
So for Giants fans looking for a happy thought amid the sadness of an 0-2 start, we offer you this:
Last season, the Giants opened 0-2 with a pair of one-run losses to the Dodgers. In Game 3, the Giants won 10-0 with Matt Cain on the mound.
Now that would be a Happy Easter.
OTHER GAME NOTES
- Brandon Belt is 1 for 7 with a team-high four strikeouts. It’s early, but that’s a huge cause for concern. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Belt sit Sunday for Brett Pill, even with the righty Josh Collmenter on the mound.
- Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan is 1 for 9 with no walks. Manager Bruce Bochy already announced that Gregor Blanco will get the start Sunday.
- Buster Posey went 0 for 4, ending his 14-game hitting streak that dated back to last year when he was injured.
- Bumgarner threw 80 pitches in his four-inning start. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while fanning three. Bochy insisted nothing was wrong with his lefty. He just wanted to get him out after 80 pitches. MadBum wanted to continue.
It’s Cain vs. Collmenter as the Giants and Diamondbacks conclude their opening series in Arizona at 1 p.m. as the Giants try to snap a six-game road skid against the Snakes.