It was a tough pill to swallow for many a San Francisco Giant fan last night, but likely no harder for anyone but Brian Wilson. His fifth blown save f the year cost the Giants the game against the Atlanta Braves, but will look for redemption on Tuesday behind Jonathan Sanchez, who is try to do some redeeming of his own.
Sanchez (4-7 4.29) has been less than stellar since returning from the DL, lasting only four and 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Pirates where he gave up five runs on only four hits along with four walks. Even though he missed time, Sanchez still is second in the NL with 65 walks to his name, something he can hopefully control down in Atlanta later today. And with Zito injured again and Sanchez struggling, the fifth spot in the rotation is becoming an issue for Bruce Bochy:
"We have to be a little concerned because we need [the fifth starter] to help us win a ballgame, too," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We haven't had a good start there in I don't know how many now."
The Braves will send out Randall Delgado (0-1 6.75), getting the start as Tommy Hanson remains out with injury. Delgado lost his only start with the Braves this year, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in four innings of work. He sported a 5-5 record and 3.84 ERA with Double-A Mississippi. The 21-year-old right-hander made two starts for Triple-A Gwinnett, keeping opponents scoreless while fanning 15 over his 13 innings pitched.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm PT this evening with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.