Madison Bumgarner was outstanding today and the Giants squeaked out a getaway win in Colorado. Brian Wilson did his best to scare the crap out of us, and it looks like he may have injured his foot in the process, but he got credit for a save and the Giants tallied a win. Once again the offense scored four runs, grinding out some chances against an effective Jamie Moyer. He's three years younger than me--what a stud. Mostly, they rode the big bat of FNG Melky Cabrera who has ten hits on the young season. He made an all-or-nothing attempt to save MadBum's no-hitter in the 6th, ultimately turning Tyler Colvin's single into a triple, setting up the Rockies first run, but I think we have to be pleased with his effort (.385/.429/.615) so far.
The Giants got closer to the formula today, with a big start and appearances by Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez to set it up for the closer. I was surprised when Ol' Boch let MadBum pitch in the 8th, and even more surprised that he let him continue after the leadoff hit by Chris Nelson. He did get an out, but not before an agonizing 13-pitch battle against the pesky Colvin. I like it when pitchers want the ball and the manager is willing to go for it with them. It was a little silly in the 9th, with an obviously diminished Wilson giving us all a fright, but the business got done. The Giants get two wins from the two lefties in Colorado, and come home on an upbeat note. Who knew after six games the best start (Game Score 83) would come from Barry Zito? He will get the ball again on Saturday against Pittsburgh. Ryan Vogelsong is scheduled for Sunday, with Tim Lincecum facing Roy Halladay and the Phillies on Monday.
Matt Cain pitches the Home Opener tomorrow, 1:35 p.m.