After getting their guts ripped out last night, the Giants overcame a bit of adversity to best the Rockies 5-1 tonight with a trio of home runs. The big news of the night unfortunately comes from the injury front. Matt Cain exited the game with a strained right hamstring that he said he injured on the final pitch he threw in third inning. Cain told reporters after the game he’s unsure about his next start.

Santiago Casilla hit a ground ball up the middle that he tried to beat out for an infield single, and completely obliterated his right hamstring in that process. He could put no weight on his right leg as trainers helped him off the field, and I can’t help but think that the initial diagnosis of a hamstring injury is a small bit of good news given that it wasn’t anything more serious like an achilles injury.

The Santiago situation: Well, this whole thing has quickly caused quite a stir in the Giants’ community. Part of the reason is that manager Bruce Bochy revealed after the game that he told Casilla not to swing in his plate appearance in the eighth inning. Bochy was planning on using Casilla in the ninth inning to give Sergio Romo the night off. As I sit here listening to the angry and irrational postgame callers on KNBR, I can’t help but laugh. I think it’s a little ridiculous to question Bochy’s assertiveness because he didn’t reprimand Casilla for swinging during his at-bat. Seriously? Is he supposed to walk out to the batters box mid at-bat to give him a stern talking to? Does a third base coach try to trip his baserunner if he runs through a stop sign in order to punish him?

I’d like to believe Casilla didn’t get caught up in the hilarity of the moment for him actually getting a plate appearance, but given the competitive nature of everyone in the major leagues, I bet he was trying to push a point to his fellow pitchers. It’s unfortunate, but the Giants are going to have to push forward. It’s a freak accident and I hope the public ramifications of the incident don’t last much longer past tonight.

Pushing forward: It’s unclear at this moment if Cain will hit the disabled list. Casilla seems all but certain to land there, and hopefully it’ll only take a stay or two on the 15-day disabled list to heal him up. In the mean time, I’m in favor of the Giants bringing George Kontos back up to the majors. Why not take a risk on an “exciting” arm like Derek Law, Heath Hembree or Erik Cordier, you ask?

The Giants are 29-18 and in first place by three games in the NL West. Now is not the time to take risks on live arms such as the ones I mentioned, who have little to no experience in the major leagues. I believe those players will throw on a Giants jersey at one point this season, but if all goes well then I wouldn’t expect that to happen until September. I think those guys are awfully close, but there’s no need to seriously tinker with a bullpen boasting a 2.29 ERA. My hunch is that Cain will avoid the DL and perhaps Petit will fill in for him when Cain’s next start rolls around on Monday, May 26 against the Cubs. Stay tuned.

Giants baseball, we only hit home runs: The Giants continued to swing for the fences like they have all year, and notched home runs from Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford. In typical Giants fashion, all of them were solo shots. The Rockies lead the National League in home runs with 63 of them, and the Giants crept a little closer to their league-leading mark. They’re up to 54 big flies on the year. You see, even though the Giants were one strike away from winning last night, they failed to hit a home run and therefore were not eligible to win the game. Or the Baseball Gods clashed with the Coors Field Gods and the result was that gut-wrenching blow from Nolan Arenado. Man that was a tough one to swallow. My sincere apologies that we were not able to bring you our cutting-edge analysis and input from last night’s affair.

CHMOTD:

strike-zone (2)hit-chartCrawford hit his sixth home run of the year tonight, and nearly all six of them have been on inside pitches. As a result, all six of his home runs have been pulled to right field. #analysis

Closing Time:

  • I’ll start off by saying that Tim Hudson needs to work deep into tomorrow’s game. This has been customary for him in all of his starts this season, but the bullpen has logged 12 innings of work in two days.
  • The bullpen plan I imagine going forward will be something like this: Juan Gutierrez and Javier Lopez in the seventh inning, Jean Machi and Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth inning (Who COMBINE for a 2.24 ERA) and then Romo in the ninth. We’ll be just alright.
  • The word is that Buster Posey will play tomorrow according to reports. He was put on the shelf for a few days with lower-back nerve irritation.
  • Hector Sanchez and Yusmeiro Petit have really just been immeasurably valuable to this 2014 Giants team. That is all.

 

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Currently enjoying the tropical, subzero temperatures in the Fresno of New York. I don't miss Eli Whiteside.

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    how about bringing up brett bochy?