Some things went right on Friday night. Others went wrong.

The Giants were able to muster more than one run and hold a lead only to have errors and questionable pitching moves undo them in the sixth inning.

Some questions were answered, but others have been raised.


Brandon Belt has arrived

Brandon Belt hit his first career home run against Chad Billingsley. On top of that, his three-run homer gave the Giants a 3-1 lead.

He took two very good pitches from Billingsley to work the count to 2-0.

Belt has showed maturity beyond his years and, despite only being two games in, Belt looks like the real deal.


Where is the defense?

The Giants defense has handed their starting pitchers two losses in two nights. Five errors in two games is not the way any successful team should play.

This is not the type of team that can afford to give runs away.

What concerns me is whether this is becoming a trend or is just early-season jitters.


Pablo’s bat comes alive

During his first at-bat of the night, Pablo Sandoval swung at three curveballs in the dirt, resulting in a strikeout.

Sandoval finished the night 2-for-4 and had better control of his at-bats.


Jonathan Sanchez remains nasty

There were some questions about Jonathan Sanchez and how he could rebound from his final two playoff appearances.

Would he be tired? Could he keep his control both mentally and physically?

Well, Sanchez had control of all of his pitches Friday night and kept the Dodgers‘ batters off balance.

In his 5.2 innings, he struck out eight while allowing four runs—two earned. His three walks were spread throughout his start.

He seemed poised and confident in his first start of the season.


Other notes

Miguel Tejada got his first hit as a Giant, but it came as a bunt single that nobody could have predicted.

This is not a good sign. He has not had very good at-bats and it has resulted in his 1-for-8 start.

The bullpen has not been very impressive. Guillermo Mota and Santiago Casilla have allowed runs to score on their watch.

But, once again, it is still very early.


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