Greek Giant

Yaz made a great catch in foul territory.

And that was your Giants highlight on a night our boys fell 4-2 to the Padres with the Rogers twins taking center stage in this drama.

In all the Giants and Gabe Kapler employed a total of seven pitchers to complete a nine-inning game. It says here that the Manager wanted to get the bullpen a little work early in the season to shake the Spring cobwebs from those arms.

Misters Rogers

Tyler Rogers has a twin named Taylor who was just traded from the Twins to San Diego. Last night he picked up the save and Tyler, the Giant, took the loss. The brothers exchanged line up cards before the game in a gesture of kindness and class by Padres Skipper Bob Melvin and Giants Manager Gabe Kapler.

The Rogers were the fifth set of twins to play in a Major League game and the first since Jose and Ozzie Canseco in 1990.

Taylor Rogers would strike out Heliot Ramos, who was pinch-hitting and Darrin Ruf to end the game and preserve the win for the Padres.

Tyler Rogers would fail to get the out at home for the winning run on a Manny Machado grounder that was ruled a fielder’s choice. Tyler entered first and gave up a run on a play that has to be made by a pitcher. With runners on first and third and one out, Rogers induced the Machado grounder back to the mound. Tyler immediately thought of turning two, but he dropped the ball as he tried to pivot toward second. The go-ahead run raced home, and Kapler said later that his pitcher “probably” should have tried to get what could have been an easy out at home.

Brandon Belt had three hits including a double and BCraw recorded two knocks.

Joe Bart hit a rocket double and recorded two walks on the night. Bart now has four walks in three starts, more than he had in 33 games in 2020.

Unfortunately for San Francisco, the bats were mostly silent from a run-producing standpoint with only BB9’s double going for extra bases. Padres starter Nick Martinez pitched in his first Major League game since 2017 and went five while allowing only one run.

The Giants would tie the game briefly, 2-2 on a bunt single by Joc Pederson to beat the shift. Pederson would later come around to score on a wild pitch.

Other than the Rogers come-backer gaffe that allowed the winning run to score, the Giants played good defense last night.

Wilmer Out

Wilmer Flores was out with what was described as a “personal issue,” meaning it is something affecting his emotional and psychological ability to play. Gabe Kapler was gracious and patient in explaining the severity of it and reassuring fans and Flores alike that he takes such situations as seriously as any physical ailment.

“Wilmer and I have had consistent communication and conversations about his personal circumstance over the last couple days since the season began. When we collectively believe he is prepared and strong enough emotionally to be on the field we’re going to have him be on the field. And when we don’t, just like a player who’s dealing with something physical, it’s the same thing. These things are equally challenging when they’re emotional or mental as when they are physical.”

-Gabe Kapler

Alex Wood

Alex Wood threw four and one third innings allowing only one run and hitting 94+ on the radar gun with his velocity. He was pulled after 84 pitches and allowing a solo homer to Austin Nola. His stuff was strong and he was removed from the game after hitting his pitch limit in his first start of the season. His was an encouraging performance.

Giants on the IL

With Evan Longoria on the IL and LaMonte Wade Jr there as well, the Giants had a rough night scratching together hits even though they had ten on the evening in total. Tommy LaStella is doing baseball activities again and his Achilles Heel seems to be progressing fine. He will join the big club within a week or so.

Tonight’s Game

Tonight the Giants play the Padres at 6:45 PM for game two of the series. It will be Alex Cobb making his season and San Francisco debut. The Padres will counter with Yu Darvish.