By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – The difficulties the Giants faced in the first half of the season is behind them now. But one unfortunate situation turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Chad Gaudin being moved up from the bullpen as a starter has proved to be a good decision.
Behind his great outing, the Giants took game one of the series 2-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks. In seven innings, Gaudin allowed three hits, no walks, no runs and eight strikeouts. He didn’t allow one runner in scoring position while his ERA improved to 2.23.
“He’s got that experience as a starter and is very well prepared,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “A great job he did tonight, which we needed. He’s been so consistent, it’s hard to figure out which one is his best outing. He’s been that good for us since he’s gone into the rotation.”
In his last four starts, Chad has posted a 0.77 ERA. He’s tossed 11 consecutive scoreless innings and it looks like he gets better with each outing. It’s hard to believe this right-hander replaced Ryan Vogelsong from the bullpen and has the opportunity to remain a starter once Vogelsong is reinstated by early August.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said Bochy. “It’s hard to say we’ll take him out of the rotation because he has been so consistent.”
Gaudin has no flair to his style of pitching, it’s pretty much what see is what you get. When asked if he would like to remain a starter once Ryan returns, he left no indication that he wants nothing more than to help this team win games.
“Whatever they need me to do, obviously, I’d like to start,” he explained. “If it comes down to me going to the pen, and that’s what’s best for the team, then I’ll be down there ready to go.”
“We didn’t have any offense going tonight and they just shut us down,” said manager Kirk Gibson. “I think you have to give [Gaudin] some credit. He was throwing the ball well to both sides of the plate.”
It was a fresh start for San Francisco, they took an early lead in the first frame. Gregor Blanco got a free pass to start the inning and Buster Posey’s double RBI scored in Blanco for the Giants first run.
Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a RBI and recorded his 32nd multi-hit game of the season. San Francisco extended their lead with Pence’s hit. Brandon Belt followed with a fly ball to left field that dropped in between three Arizona players.
The D-Backs rallied in the eighth against the Giants bullpen but failed to score any runs. Both A.J Pollack and Adam Eaton singled and Aaron Hill walked to load the bases. Santiago Casilla (who was recently activated off the disable list) replaced Jose Mijares.
Casilla forced Paul Goldschmidt to groundout into a forecourt to end the inning. After that closer Sergio Romo tossed a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout. He extended his scoring streak to 29 games against Arizona.
“We can’t keep looking ahead of ourselves,” Romo said. “But today was a great way to start the second half.”