Though both starters were late scratches due to weather, they each came into the game in relief. Tim Lincecum pitched four solid innings, giving up only one run to achieve his first win of the season, and the Giants' first as well.
This was a badly needed victory for the Giants who have high hopes for their club early in the season. It is vital that they begin the year with some momentum to keep morale high. All the experts have picked them to finish last in their division this year.
Most importantly, they must establish themselves at the plate, where they have struggled all spring.
My best friend Todd was at the game in LA decked out in all his Giants gear for the rainy night. He sat pretty much anywhere he wanted as the stadium was quite empty due to a one hour and 14 minute rain delay in the top half of the fifth inning.
But he stuck it out, along with the other faithful, and watched as the Giants pulled down their first victory of the season.
It was good to finally see some of the youngsters get a start last night. I hope we keep up the youth movement as I see it as crucial to our success moving forward.
Bill James claims that the best years of a baseball player’s career are the ages 25-29. So, we’ll see if those guys get into the games for us.