Rewind: Mets at Giants, Game 1

Is there any team pitchers might want to face more than the scuffling Giants these days? The Giants manage only 2 hits against a pitcher who threw in his first game since September 2004, and let down starter Kevin Correia, who gave up just 1 run, just enough to lose.

Usually, giving up 1 run on 7 hits and no walks through 8 innings is a good way to win a game. The damage is limited, you’re not wasting pitches or time, and you even give the bullpen as little chance as possible to screw things up. It’s especially gratifying when you do that to a team that had scored 35 runs combined in it’s previous 3 games.

Too bad Kevin Correia was pitching for the San Francisco Giants.

Steve Trachsel, pitching in his first game in nearly a year, held the Giants to only 2 hits in 8 innings, and Correia was handed the loss in a 1-0 decision to the New York Mets.

"You don't expect that out of someone that has been on the DL for that long," Correia said after the game.

"It's hard to believe that that was his first start of the season," added Giants manager Felipe Alou. "He was so sharp. You don't expect a guy to throw like that his first time out."

It’s not that Correia was perfect. Several balls were hit hard, including a Cliff Floyd drive that Randy Winn tracked down deep in the right field corner, a ball that would’ve been a home run nearly anywhere else. Then there was David Wright’s home run, which fell nearly 5 rows short of the walkway at the top of the left field bleachers down the line.

"The fan that threw the ball back probably has a sore arm. It was so far up in the stands, there was probably a relay,” Alou joked about it.

Unfortunately, there was little left to laugh about for the Giants. San Francisco didn’t manage a hit until Randy Winn singled with two out in the 6th.

The Giants did attempt a comeback in the 9th against reliever Brandon Looper, with Omar Vizquel opening the inning with a double. Unfortunately, 3-4 hitters Pedro Feliz and Moises Alou only succeeded in moving Vizquel to third, where he was left stranded when Ray Durham grounded out to second. Player Of The Game: Kevin Correia, since we’re not in the habit of picking guys on the other team. Trachsel pitched a heck of a game, but Correia kept up with him, except for one very long fly. However, the Giants should win every game that their starters go 8 deep and allow just 1 run in, especially after general manager Brian Sabean singled out the rotation earlier in the season for being the key in their problems.

Notes: If you hadn’t heard yet, the Giants promoted top prospect Matt Cain to the majors for the first time in his career, and he will start Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies. To make room for him, Jason Christiansen was designated for assignment and Brett Tomko was demoted to the bullpen…in another move, reliever Jack Taschner was recalled from Fresno, and Brian Cooper was sent down…The Giants haven’t scored in 15 innings, and have only 5 hits over that span.

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