In a scary moment at AT&T Park, rookie pitcher Joe Martinez took a line drive off the head with two outs in the ninth. Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron smoked a fastball back up the middle which hit so hard off the young kids head that the ball went out of play over 60 feet away.
Obviously shaken up, Mike Cameron knelt down at second base with many Giants players coming over to try and console him. It seemed the entire stadium took a moment of silence as the onlookers waited to see the outcome of the unfortunate circumstance.
Martinez surprisingly walked off the field on his own power, bleeding from the upper right side of his forehead and his nose. Upon impact he fell to the ground limp-like and bounced back up in a very awkward all-in-one motion. He seemed to come to and clinched his head after removing his cap.
Fortunately insiders who visited the hospital tonight have confirmed from Giants executives that the CAT scan was negative and he doesn’t seem to have any broken bones or a shattered skull. Martinez has a concussion, but that seems to be the worst of it.
The Giants ended up winning the game 7-1 taking the first series of the year. Next up the San Diego Padres beginning tomorrow with Zito’s season debut.
In a game that was single handedly won by one player, Yovani Gallardo, starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, beat the Giants tonight 4-2. Gallardo pitched a great game tonight and had the San Francisco Giants back on their heels for most of the evening. He pitched 6 and 2/3 frames and only gave up one run.
In the top half of the fifth inning Gallardo came to the plate with two men on and hammered a three run homer off Randy Johnson over the left field wall. At the time that broke a tie game putting the Brew Crew up 4-1. That ended Randy Johnson’s night in his first official start in a Giants uniform. Up until that point he had pitched a great game. He made a mistake with a fastball up in the zone and out over the plate. The starting pitcher, Gallardo, made him pay!
As it goes, the Giants took their first loss of the year. They threatened in the 7th inning in a two out rally that left the bases loaded and Bengie Molina grounding out to JJ Hardy to end the inning. Tomorrow we have a 4:00 start with Matt Cain taking the mound in the rubber match of the series. Go Giants!
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The season started off great for the Giants with their first victory over the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6. Tim Lincecum, 2008 NL Cy Young winner, took the mound on opening day for the Giants. He was totally amped to start the season, as the adrenaline was getting to him all night. He couldn’t calm himself down and only lasted 3 full innings.
The Giants hitters looked especially sharp today including their youngsters. Travis Ishikawa hit a first inning base clearing triple into triples alley that got the crowd rockin’. Pablo Sandoval looked impressive and made Sabean look like a genius. We also had three homers in the game by Randy Winn, Aaron Rowand, and Bengie Molina, our savvy veterans. So much for the team that can’t hit, huh? Maybe this season will turn out better than we thought!
The best part about the first day of the season is all of the anticipation. Are we going to have a good team this year? That is to be determined. However, I’ll make my official declaration here and now that the Giants win the National League West this year and finish the regular season with an 85-77 record.