Pittsburgh’s Sanchez speaks; Zito stays calm

SAN FRANCISCO — Courtesy of my Pittsburgh counterpart, Jenifer Langosch, here are some thoughts from Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who has been linked in trade speculation to the Giants.

Asked if he knew whether anything was up between San Francisco and Pittsburgh, Sanchez said Tuesday, “As far as I know, it’s just speculation. Obviously, until something is in stone and it’s there, then it would be otherwise. I don’t know any more than anyone else right now.”

Sanchez acknowledged that it was somewhat strange to be sitting in the dugout across the field from the club he could be joining.

“But rumors are rumors,” he said. “There has been a lot of speculation on guys who haven’t gone anywhere at all. Speculation is speculation, but it is a little different when you are in the place that they’re talking about.”

When the Giants were in Pittsburgh recently, I talked to Sanchez for a Giants Magazine feature I did on Matt Cain. Sanchez was very friendly and extremely cooperative. From a reporter’s perspective, he seems like he’d be an excellent addition.

But if you’re reading this, you don’t care about that garbage. You just want somebody who can help the Giants score runs. Then know this: Sanchez is truly a professional hitter. That’s an overused cliche, but having watched him take batting practice, I believe it’s applicable. In Pittsburgh I saw him fire line drive after line drive the opposite way to right field, then concentrate on hitting the ball up the middle in his next round before concluding by yanking the ball to left field. Too many idiotic hitters waste their BP swings by trying to hit home runs. Not Sanchez. His was the best batting practice I’ve seen since Bill Madlock during his brief Giants tenure, or maybe Will Clark at his peak in the late ’80s-early ’90s.

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Barry Zito pitched 5 2/3 effective innings but was not involved in the decision. Zito yielded nine hits and walked two yet surrendered just one run, which the Pirates scored in the first inning on Andrew McCutchen’s double and Delwyn Young’s bloop single.

Zito left the bases loaded in the third inning by retiring Andy LaRoche on a popup. He also bequeathed two baserunners in the sixth to Sergio Romo (3-1), who seems to have regained manager Bruce Bochy’s confidence. Romo ended the threat by striking out McCutchen on three pitches.

But Zito plainly wanted to work out of the jam himself.

“I definitely support the team, but yeah, I didn’t expect to get taken out at that point,” Zito said. He diplomatically added, “I certainly support Boch’s decision as manager. He’s been in the game a long time. It worked out.”

– Chris Haft

3 Comments

First, I have been saying since before the all-star break that the Giants need to get Freddie Sanchez – he is super clutch and can flat out hit and his defense is spectacular at times. On zito – I have only had bad things to say about Bochy since day 1 because, he has let me down with his lack of small ball with this no-offense team and his ability to leave starters in just long enough to give up the big hit so we lose. BUT, when he pulled zito for romo in the 6th, that was a brillant move. That was a move he should be paying more attention to every game. Especially during zito’s starts. So for the first time this season I’ll say, “good going Bochy”.

First, I have been saying since before the all-star break that the Giants need to get Freddie Sanchez – he is super clutch and can flat out hit and his defense is spectacular at times. On zito – I have only had bad things to say about Bochy since day 1 because, he has let me down with his lack of small ball with this no-offense team and his ability to leave starters in just long enough to give up the big hit so we lose. BUT, when he pulled zito for romo in the 6th, that was a brillant move. That was a move he should be paying more attention to every game. Especially during zito’s starts. So for the first time this season I’ll say, “good going Bochy”.

Good to hear that we are getting some offense! And it’s also good to hear that you think Sanchez will fit in well with the guys. I love the fact that our guys seem to have a real sense of camraderie and play so well together! It’s always fun to hear their stories of having fun together as a club. Looking foward to seeing how the end of the season turns out, it’s been interesting so far!

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