Jesus Guzman got to see plenty of pitches, thanks to Tommy Medica. That helped when he stepped to the plate a little later.
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer three pitches after another hard-hit ball fell about an inch foul of an RBI double, Tim Lincecum struck out a season-best eight batters and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 Saturday night.
The race for the title in the NL West is currently dominated by all things California—except San Diego.
Pick a moment. Andres Torres getting tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch. The usually reliable Matt Cain giving up a costly hit. Or another ninth-inning rally cut short.
Starting on opening day is nothing new for Aaron Harang, who drew the assignment the last five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. Starting the home opener for his hometown team? That’s a little different.