DENVER Jonathan Sanchez walked two and threw a wild pitchin a two-run first inning, but he might have fared the best among the Rockiespitchers to take the mound in Fridays 16-4 loss to the Giants.
The only batter he faced that was a 2010 World Seriesteammate was Buster Posey, and even the two of them did not work together forvery long.
I guess you always wonder when you catch a guy what itd belike to face him, said Posey, who walked and singled against Sanchez. And youknow, his stuffs still pretty good. Hes struggling with command a little bit,but the stuff looks pretty good.
Sanchez hasnt fared well in any of his three starts sincethe pitching-poor Rockies picked him up from the Kansas City Royals. But hesbeen a cool customer with the reporters.
Nothing was wrong, Sanchez said. I just need to be moreaggressive.
It's hard to believe, since 2010 wasn't that long ago. But the other starters in the Giants lineup were all new to Sanchez. Angel Pagan was with the Mets in 2010, Ryan Theriot was with the Cubs and Dodgers, Melky Cabrera was with the Braves, Hunter Pence was with the Astros, Marco Scutaro was with the Red Sox and Brett Pill was a non-roster guy at Triple-A Fresno. That leaves Joaquin Arias, who was in Frisco -- and I know better than to make that reference to the City by the Bay. Arias was actually in Frisco, Texas, rehabbing his elbow for the Texas Rangers' Double-A affiliate.
It never ceases to amaze me how paths diverge and intersect in this game.
I asked Posey about swinging at a 3-0 pitch when the Giantsheld a six-run lead in the eighth inning. (He fouled it off, and stroked athree-run homer on the next offering.)
Some enforcers of baseballs unwritten rules would say thatPosey committed a faux pas. Then again, those rules dont usually apply atCoors Field.
I dont think so, Posey said. You see how they scoredfour runs quickly the previous inning.
You cant blame Posey for swinging at anything that looksgood. Hes hitting .463 with five home runs and 22 RBIs since the All-Starbreak.
Ryan Vogelsong said his time on the bases didnt tire himout in the seventh inning, when his one-hit shutout quickly vanished amid thatfour-run outburst.
But Vogelsong was rocksteady yet again. His quality-startsstreak ended at 16 but hes now 20-for-20 completing six innings. Theres nominimizing how important that is to the Giants, particularly in the first gameof a three-game series at Coors Field.
Its a tough place to pitch, Vogelsong said. The balldoesnt always do what you want it to do. I was just trying to keep them offthe board as long as I could. Just start strong, hold strong and not make ourguys play catch-up.
Vogelsong said he adjusted for his curveball at altitude bytaking something off it and trying to throw it down in the zone. Some pitcherswould just scrap the curve. Vogelsong kept mixing as best he could.
His biggest pitch of the night was the bases-loaded,double-play grounder he got from Jordan Pacheco to end the fourth inning.
What was the pitch?
Curveball, he said.
And right there, you begin to understand why Vogelsong has found a way to compete. Every single time he's taken the mound.
Hey, what about Vogelsongs first extra-base hit of theseason?
Every squirrel finds a nut, he said, smirking.
This squirrel was a shortstop at Kutztown University, sobelieve me, he was not happy about that .056 average he dragged into the game.
Hunter Pence got his first hit as a Giant out of the way,which must be a relief. Its also no small relief for the team to win in anoffensive hailstorm. Its hard enough when youre on the schneid with your newteam. Its even harder when nobody else is hitting around you. So this resultshould help Pence settle in, Id imagine.
Melky Cabrera really hit the ground hard on his slide intothird base in the seventh inning. He was replaced shortly after that. But Bochysaid Cabrera was fine, and should be ready to go Saturday.
I am not sure if I feel sympathy or empathy for Rockiesmanager Jim Tracy. What the hell, why not go with both?
The Rockies have to find a way to play two months ofbaseball with almost no starting pitching. Theyd already gone to a four-manrotation out of desperation, holding their starters to 75-pitch limits. Thatsa recipe to destroy a bullpen if Ive ever heard one.
Now theres bad news concerning their starter for Sunday, ChristianFriedrich. He tried to throw in the bullpen on Friday and couldnt. An MRIshowed a stress fracture in his back. Hes done for the year.
The Rockies have no idea who will start on Sunday. If theyschedule an open tryout, Ill be sure to let you know.
Congratulations to Chinas Dong Dong, who won the Gold medalin Trampoline. Its only been pointed out to me about 100 times today. Thanks.All you Dong fans are so helpful.
Former Giant Kevin Frandsen expressed outrage on Twitterthat trampoline is a medal sport while neither baseball nor softball aresanctioned any longer. Kevin, I am with you, brother.