San Francisco Giants

Giants' first opener experiment fails vs. Blue Jays, but not a one-off


It has been five months since Zaidi, sitting in his suite at the annual Winter Meetings, revealed to reporters that the Giants likely would use an opener at some point.


The Giants knew Tim Hudson's right arm was hanging by a thread that night, so they had Jeremy Affeldt ready to go early.


The Giants have planned for Beede to follow Vincent and soak up most of Tuesday's innings, so he goes out early to get loose and play catch with Vogt.


A review that lasts one minute and 40 seconds -- for some inexplicable reason -- confirms that Freddy Galvis has dropped an RBI double down the line.


The line for Beede, who was supposed to pitch the bulk of Tuesday's game: 2 1/3 innings, four hits, one earned run, three walks and five strikeouts.


On a related note, don't let the failed opener experiment distract you from the fact that the lineup managed just five hits against Thornton and a nondescript bullpen.






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