Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 7/22/13
Two runs were enough for the San Francisco Giants as they gained a game on their division rival and won 2-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. The Giants offense started the second half of the season by putting their offense on the board early. Buster Posey doubled in Gregor Blanco, then scored on an RBI single from Hunter Pence. No more runs were scored for the rest of the game on either side, and after getting three hits in the first inning, the Giants got just five more. That was enough support for Chad Gaudin, who came back strong from the All Star Break for the Giants, throwing just 92 pitches through seven innings, allowing no runs and three hits while striking out eight. When asked about his reactions to Gaudin’s start, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said he wasn’t surprised. “He’s got that experience starting and he’s very well prepared,” he said. “What a great job he did tonight, which we needed. We stopped at two runs. The pitching came through for us there.” With the imminent return of Ryan Vogelsong, Gaudin’s future in the rotation remains in limbo. Bochy wouldn’t give any hints of what would happen, just saying they would cross that bridge when they get there. As far as the bullpen goes, Bruce Bochy used four pitchers that, together, allowed three baserunners and no runs. He acknowledged the pitching changes as a “luxury” after the All Star break. “I threw four guys out there that hadn’t pitched in a while so I could get the matchups…you can’t do that very often, but with a tight ball game, a two run game, it allowed me to do what I did tonight,” he said. The eighth was the closest the Diamondbacks came to a threat: loading the bases for Paul Goldschmidt, who then grounded into a fielder’s choice. While facing Goldschmidt wasn’t exactly the ideal situation for the recently returned Santiago Casilla, it was “one of those games where you’re kind of forced to bring a guy in there,” according to Bochy. It worked. Sergio Romo earned his 22nd save of the season and San Francisco moved to 5.5 games out of first place. Tomorrow they will try to further shorten the Diamondbacks’ lead and face Arizona for Game 2 of this weekend series. Wade Miley (6-7, 4.01 ERA) will face Matt Cain (5-6, 5.06 ERA) at 6:05pm. The post Gaudin Silences DBacks, Giants Start Second Half With A Win appeared first on BaySportsNet.com.
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