The San Francisco Giants have been mired in a seemingly endless slump, and injuries have been a huge reason why.
However, Yusmiero Petit made one injury insignificant with a gem tonight.
Petit filled in for the injured Matt Cain and dominated, twirling a six-inning gem. He surrendered two runs and ran into some trouble, but he avoided surrendering a home run at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
And, more importantly, he steered the Giants to a critical win.
Hunter Pence took a turn at the wheel as well, hitting an absolute bomb to left field. His home run, which traveled an insane 476 feet, was the longest all year. Pablo Sandoval followed that up with a 424-foot bomb, finishing off the Giants’ first set of back-to-back home runs all year.
Brandon Belt went 4-for-5, Marco Scutaro drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Hector Sanchez hit an RBI single. San Francisco’s offense put on a show once again, and it backed Petit.
Petit will likely start again, as he has a 3.18 ERA and is a capable starter in a rotation that lacks depth. He certainly looked good tonight, as he powered the Giants to their third win in four games. San Francisco can take the series tomorrow, when the more reliable Madison Bumgarner will take the hill.
However, until Bumgarner takes the hill, the Giants can sleep well knowing that they have a capable starter in Petit ready to spot Cain and the owner of the longest home run all year on their team.