SAN FRANCISCO – – With that familiar flair and the flip of his dreadlocks, Johnny Cueto entertained everyone once again. And he dominated like before.
And oh, how the baseball-starved San Francisco fans loved every moment of it.
“I like to perform and pump up the crowd,” said Cueto with a smile.
Cueto came out of a full game, Brandon Crawford broke a goalless tie in the seventh inning with a two-run double and the Giants won their home opener 3-1 against the Colorado Rockies on Friday.
Cueto (1-0) struck seven, went one, and didn’t allow a hit until Raimel Tapia’s sharp single went left with a hit in the fifth after CJ Cron’s four-pitch run. The Giants then turned an inning-ending double game.
The animated right-handed shuffled out to start the ninth, promptly giving up a pinch triple on Chris Owings and Garrett Hampson’s sacrificial fly. Manager Gabe Kapler paid a visit to the hill, and the pitcher shook his head and shook no – and he stayed in the game. Fans yelled and sang “Johnny! Johnny!”
“He’s a great competitor first and foremost. He’s passed time with success and I think Johnny has a bit of an entertainer aspect to it, and I think that’s a good thing because he supports it,” said Bud Black. Manager of the Rockies said.
“I think he likes being out there. I think he likes the big stage. He’s animated, but the most important thing is that he’s on the pitch and compete. He knows what his job is, and I think it’s okay for him to do it. ” I’ve just heard great things about Johnny Cueto. “
Cueto allowed Trevor Story a single, his fourth hit allowed, and that ended his dominant day. Cueto threw 118 pitches. Jake McGee finished his third save.
“I was hoping to get the last one out, but I knew the manager had the seamstress ready,” said Cueto.
Crawford delivered with full bases and an out in the seventh against Tyler Kinley, who relieved the Rockies starter Austin Gomber (0-2) after allowing two walks. Alex Dickerson secured himself an RBI single in eighth.
Charlie Blackmon was ejected in the seventh by plate umpire Ben May for arguing a third hit from Cueto, who threw a 1-2-3 inning.
“Overall, I think Charlie is usually right when and for lack of a better word he challenges the referee in a strike zone,” said Black.
Buster Posey gave the Giants their first hit against Gomber in the fifth with an out. Posey was initially deemed safe by Story when attempting the story, but the call was picked up during the re-verification that Story’s foot was on the bag.
Gomber threw 104 spots on his second start for Colorado since he was taken over by St. Louis when Nolan Arenado was sent to the Cardinals in February. Gomber met San Francisco for the first time in his career after losing 4-2 to the Dodgers on his debut in Colorado on Sunday.
“Overall, I felt like my attack, my approach, my mindset was a lot better than the first time,” said Gomber. “It was fun. He threw the ball really well. I thought I threw it well.”
San Francisco, who missed the playoffs on the last day of last season, won their last four home openings for the first time – but started their 22nd year home game at Oracle Park 15-7.
Home run king Barry Bonds was among the 7,390 entrants when fans returned to Oracle Park for the first time since the end of the 2019 season. Bonds was shown on the big screen before the sixth inning and the fans cheered and sang, “Barry! Barry!”
Posey played in front of the recognized home crowd after signing out last season to take care of prematurely adopted twin girls.
“He deserves all this support, he meant so much to the city, this franchise and the players who are on the team right now,” said Kapler. “I definitely love it when he gets that much respect.”
The Rockies began a six-game road trip after their first winning streak of the season against Arizona.
STOWS SPECIAL MOMENT
Bryan Stow threw out ceremonial first place with standing ovations and cheers, 10 years after the Giants fan was badly beaten on opening day in front of Dodger Stadium.
Among those shown on the scoreboard in memory before the first pitch: Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Joe Morgan, former manager Joe Altobelli, longtime scout Gary Hughes, and ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez.
Giants: 3B Evan Longoria was ready to play but was experiencing side effects from the one-time Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine he received Thursday free. Kapler said the majority of the club’s tour group had now been vaccinated, at least in the first round.
RHP Chi Chi González (1: 0, 5.40 ERA) starts on Saturday afternoon for the Rockies against Giants RHP Logan Webb (0: 1, 5.06).
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