By: Alfonso Diccion
The Giants didn’t sweep the Blue Jays, as I predicted in my Interleague Preview article on Monday.
On Tuesday, May 14, the Giants faced the Blue Jays in game one of a two game series. Giants sent out Barry Zito to the hill and Blue Jays sent out R.A. Dickey to the hill. It was not a great start for Zito because he pitched poorly and the Blue Jays hit marvelously. The Giants’ errors really hurt them because the Blue Jays scored six runs in the first inning off of those errors. On the other hand, Dickey pitched great and only allowed runs in some innings.
The Giants started swinging the bats in the eighth when Brandon Belt doubles to left to bring in Hunter Pence and in the ninth when Pablo Sandoval homered to deep left center to bring in Andres Torres and Marco Scutaro. Giants lost 10-6.
On Wednesday, May 15, the Blue Jays were going for the two game sweep. The Blue Jays brought out hard throwing Ramon Ortiz, while the Giants tried to match their pitching and brought out their hard thrower, Ryan Vogelsong. It would be Vogelsong’s 100th career start and it didn’t start off well for him because it was a repeat of the last game with many errors made by Giants’ defense. Giants scored one run in the first on a Sandoval sacrifice fly to deep center to bring in Angel Pagan and two more in the eighth, which was a Posey double to center to bring in Scutaro and Pill’s sacrifice fly to center to bring in Arias. The Blue Jays kept on scoring off of Giants’ errors. Giants lost 11-3.