The San Francisco Giants got off to a perfect start last night in Colorado, beating the Rockies 8-1. The game started off with a 5 run top of the first and the Giants kept on cruising from there. The five run inning featured a three-run-shot to left off the bat of Pat Burrell (5 HRs, 7 RBIs) followed directly by a complete bomb off the bat of Nate Schierholtz (3-4, 2 RBIs). Schierholtz’s homer flew 467FT to the upper deck in right field. It was the third HR by a Giant to hit the upper deck in right field, the other two were by Barry Bonds.
In the next two innings, the Giants added three runs, including a Freddie Sanchez homer to right field. An 8 run lead with Timmy on the mound. Game over. Not only did the Giants offense perform, but Timmy shut down the powerful Rockies lineup and had a no-hitter through 6.1 innings. The Freak struck out 10 in his 7.2 innings, while giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He continued to look dominant and his ERA currently stands at 1.67. Timmy’s 10 Ks gave him 28 career games of 10+ strikeouts with the Giants and put him on top of that category along with Hall of Famer, Christy Mathewson.
1. Timmy…The Freak continues to look nasty and is the ace that every franchise in the MLB would die for.
2. Panda…Pablo managed to walk 3 times last night, scoring 2 runs. Maybe Barry’s offseason work with him is paying off.
3. Vogelsong…This veteran is back on the team that drafted him and pitched great last night in his 1.1 innings of relief. He was traded away for Jason Schmidt, but is back to the bay and happy about it. He had 1 K and gave up 1 hit in his end of game work.
Tonight the Giants will face Ubaldo Jimenez, while we put out our lefty, Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 24 Ks in 3 games). This is Jimenez’s first game back since recovering from a thumb injury. He gave up 6 runs in 6 innings his first time out on opening day against the D’Backs. Catch the game at 540pm west coast time on CSN Bay Area.