Enter: Murphy's Law.
The Giants got 9 combined innings from Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain. Despite this, they managed to outscore the D-Backs in the first game and likely could have won their second had it not been for instant replay interference (yes, that is a phrase - and I just copyrighted it).
More than anything, they needed Hudson to have a quality start, and ideally, go 7 innings. The same Tim Hudson who just turned 38 years old and last pitched on July 24th of 2013 when his ankle was shattered in a play at first base.
Hudson's stat line against the D-Backs: 7.2 IP, 3H, 7K, 0BB, 0 runs.
Yep, a model of consistency. Nobody wants to throw Barry Zito under the bus, but if you take away his post-season brilliance in 2012 and that excellent string of starts down the stretch, a Zito start usually consisted of 4 or 5 runs earned (we hoped), but often 6 or 7. Hudson won't always limit the other team to two runs, but it will probably happen a lot more often during his two-year deal than it did over 7 years with Zito. The top three pitchers of the Giants rotation should hopefully provide the stability that was missing last year, and Lincecum and Vogelsong are excellent candidates for bounce-back seasons, or at least ERA's under 5 which would give the Giants a competitive chance to win.
- Tim Hudson, obviously.
- Angel Pagan, whose brilliant defense in center played a large role in why Hudson gave up no runs. Pagan also stole his first bag of the year. It's nice to have him back to set the tone in the field and on the base paths.
- Hunter Pence (Still hitless in 12 at-bats)
- Pretty solid, other than the fact that the Giants could only manage 2 runs.