San Francisco, CA – One thing that’s been missing for the Giants has been the offense. If you come out to AT&T ball park early you’ll find the entire team taking batting practice. There is always room for improvement, so everyday players seek to perfect, increase and find some consistency at the plate.
Tonight that hard work paid off, the defending World Champs rallied back for the 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. It was a comeback that the fans haven’t seen seen in sometime. The offense came alive behind Andres Torres who had taken some time off to find some mental clarity.
“I needed a mental break to rest and relax,” Torres said. ”Sometimes you work on your swing all day and night, it can be too much. Your mind can be your worst enemy, I just have to try and calm my mind and relax more. I felt better going into tonight’s game!”
Andres got the offense rolling when he led off the fourth frame with a solo home run to right field which was his third of the season. The past two games the starting center was left off the lineup after approaching Giants manager Bruce Bochy that he needed a break. Nonetheless, it was exactly what was best for the leadoff hitter. Torres went 3-for-4 and led the comeback win for the Giants.
Jonathan Sanchez got off to a rocky start in the first giving up two back-to-back walks and a double. The Indians took advantage and scored two runs of Carlos Santana’s 2RBI double to give them a 2-0 lead early. He settled down to strike out the side in the second inning but caught himself in another jam in the fourth.
After hitting Shin-soo Choo with a pitch, he struck out the next batter than walked Lou Marson. Jack Hanahan singled center and pinch runner Shelley Duncan scored and the Cleveland went up 3-0. After Sanchez issued his 6th and last walk off the night to Duncan loading the bases the frustrated southpaw was pulled.
Bochy replaced him with Santiago Casilla top of the fifth. In 4 2/3 innings, Jonathan gave up two hits, three runs (all earned), six walks, six strikeouts and one hit batter. Avoiding questions about his confidence on the mound he simply stated any decision on his future will be decided by management.
“There’s nothing wrong with me, I’m fine,” explained Jonathan. ”I’m having trouble getting the ball to the plate, nothing different from in the past. Today I had trouble with my breaking ball, it’s just not working right now.”
After the game Bochy stated that he intends to talk with pitching coach Dave Righetti regarding the recent struggles with his left-handed pitcher. With Barry Zito to be reactivated from the disabled list, this may factor in some time off for Sanchez but he reassured us that he’s the second starter and not worried about the pressure of Zito’s return.
Chris Stewart led off the sixth surge with a single to left field, pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz followed with a single to center. Torres then loaded the bases with another single center. But a costly error by Santana gave San Francisco their second run and now they’re down by one with no outs. Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to right field and tied the game 3-3. Another sacrifice fly from Aubrey Huff gave the Giants lead 4-3. Pat Burrell’s fly ball to center ended the inning.
“I was running to fast, attacking the ball,” Carlos said. ”I felt bad, I’m trying to help my team. So, yeah, I feel bad but I’ll forget it tonight and tomorrow is a new day.”
Despite the lack of defense the Indians still remain atop the American League Central Division. In Interleague Play they still hold a 7-3 record which is tied for the most wins for an AL club in the National League. The Tribe lost Choo who broke his left thumb after getting hit by Jonathan’s pitch. He will head to the disabled list.
“If we would’ve played better defense, it would’ve been a different story,” Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Written by: Malaika Bobino