Tim Hudson might be just what the doctor ordered for the San Francisco Giants. Lead by Hudson (1-0), the Giants (2-1) knocked off the Arizona Diamondbacks (1-2) 2-0 on Wednesday night. Hudson threw 103 pitches over 7 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on just three hits and striking out seven. He improved to 8-1 against Arizona and is 5-1 at Chase Field.
Hudson, who signed a two-year $23 million contract with the Giants this past offseason, is the newest face of the starting rotation. Replacing Barry Zito, Hudson was instantly an upgrade, but if Hudson can bring the brilliance that he has shown in the past, he could help propel the Giants right back into the playoffs for a shot at their third title in five years.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (0-2) did not pitch too bad himself. Cahill lasted six innings and gave up only two runs on four hits. The D’backs, however, gave him absolutely zero run support.
Angel Pagan had two hits and an RBI for San Francisco. Pagan’s return to the top of the lineup has already been key for the Giants. He’s hitting .357 with three RBI and two runs in their first three games. The Giants center fielder also made two key defensive plays, one that saved a run in the fourth inning.
Buster Posey had two more hits, bumping his average up to .417 early on this season. Posey continues to tear the cover off of the ball as he did throughout all of Spring Training.
Gerardo Parra had two of Arizona’s three hits on the night. The D’backs simply struggled to get anything going all game long.
Giants closer Sergio Romo came in to shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording his second save of the season in as many tries.
The two teams conclude their four game series on Thursday with an afternoon get away game. Tim Lincecum will man the mound for San Francisco as he takes on Arizona’s newest starter Bronson Arroyo. Both pitchers will be key to their perspective club’s success. They have the ability to make or break their team every single start.
The two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum has been bumped down to the fourth starter in the rotation. With just a 10-14 record and 4.37 ERA in his 2013 campaign, the Giants really need “The Freak” to rebound back to his freakish ways. However, he has shown no signs that he is capable of returning to his Cy Young form. It remains to be seen whether or not Lincecum will be able to live up to his recent two-year $35 million contract.
Both teams believe that they have what it takes to win the National League West despite all of the talk surrounding their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Lead by two hard nosed managers, the Giants and D’backs understand that winning consists of hard work and chemistry, not money and media hype. But it will take a full team effort, a top five pitching performance and timely hitting from both teams in order to make a playoff run.
Commentary by Rich Peters
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the San Francisco Giants