Jonathan Sanchez has had difficulty finding the strike zone this
season, but wildness hasn’t kept him from posting a winning record
for the San Francisco Giants.
After rallying late and winning in extra innings, the Giants
will try to make it two straight over the Washington Nationals on
Tuesday night when the teams resume their three-game series.
Trailing 4-0 after three innings, San Francisco got a solo homer
from Aaron Rowand in the seventh. Then Aubrey Huff had a two-run
single and scored on Nate Schierholtz’s base hit in the eighth to
make it 4-all.
San Francisco (34-26) won 5-4 in 13 after Freddy Sanchez singled
off Craig Stammen to plate Chris Stewart. It was the Giants’ fifth
victory in six games, and increased their lead in the NL West over
idle Arizona to one game.
“We’ve done some crazy things this year and some crazy things
last year. We’re never out of a game,” Stewart said following the
Giants’ eighth walkoff win.
Michael Morse homered and had a two-run double for Washington
(27-33). He’s had three hits – two homers and a double – with seven
RBIs over the last two games.
Though he’s had a hard time with location, Sanchez (4-3, 3.50
ERA) will try to remain unbeaten at home for the Giants.
The left-hander leads the NL with 40 walks in 69 1-3 innings
after issuing a season high-tying six Thursday against St. Louis.
However, he allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings and
was helped by three homers from Aubrey Huff as San Francisco won
When locked in, though, Sanchez is one of the toughest to get a
hit against. He comes in with a .204 opponent batting average –
third lowest in the league behind Florida’s Josh Johnson (.185) and
Atlanta’s Tommy Hanson (.202).
Sanchez also walked six in six innings on April 30 in
Washington, but fanned seven and yielded one unearned run with two
hits and didn’t figure in the Giants’ 2-1 win.
He’s never started at home against Washington, but has a 7.71
ERA after his only appearance in San Francisco against the
Nationals in 2007.
Sanchez, 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in five starts in San Francisco,
hasn’t pitched there since May 22 when he failed to get a decision
Continuing to impress in his first full season back from Tommy
John surgery, Jordan Zimmerman (3-6, 3.61) seeks his second win on
the road trip for Washington. The right-hander shut down the
Diamondbacks on Thursday, allowing one run and six hits in seven
innings of the Nationals’ 6-1 win.
Zimmerman had been 0-2 with a 3.28 ERA in his previous four
starts, but manager Jim Riggleman likes what his pitcher has
accomplished after surgery in 2009 followed by seven late-season
starts last year.
“I’m happy for him and what he’s done for our ballclub, coming
from where he did after that surgery and everything, to just keep
coming back from it,” Riggleman said. “He’s just a horse.”
Zimmerman, who didn’t get a decision in his only appearance at
AT&T Park in 2009, is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three career
starts against San Francisco.