When I found my way out to California this May, I was lucky enough to visit AT&T Park and see a tidy pitchers' duel between the Padres' Mat Latos and the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez. Latos came within one infield single of a perfect game but Sanchez was no slouch, either. (The slouches were sitting in the stands with me. Hi, Farthammer and Phillas!) Eight innings, five strikeouts, three hits, one walk. A tough luck loss for a talented pitcher, something that the Giants' rotation is used to.
No longer. With twenty runs scored in the first two games of the World Series, the Giants bats are hot hot hot and Sanchez is hoping to get even a fraction of the support his pitching mates got got got. Sanchez started Game 6 of the NLCS for the Giants but got a quick hook from an impatient Bruce Bochy after an ineffective two innings. Sanchez has never started a game in Arlington before tonight; a ballpark that can sometimes turn into a hothouse of hellishness. Which must explain why Jonathan jogged around yesterday and marked his territory in the stands.
I'm heading to The Big City to watch the game tonight with Liakos with the hopes that we see good, error-free baseball, and maybe even spot the elusive "Neftali Feliz" I've been hearing so much about. Maybe if we're hungry we'll hit up this new, hip Italian restaurant Tommy Lasorda recommended.
(photo gently borrowed from the Gettys)