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Gamethread: 2014 NLDS Game 2

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Tim Hudson vs. Jordan Zimmermann.

Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera (3) yells at home plate umpire Vic Carapazza (19) after he called out on strikes against the San Francisco Giants in the 10th inning at Nationals Park for Game 2 of their NLDS series in Washington D.C., on Saturday, Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Due to the coronavirus outbreak suspending the 2020 MLB season, we’re rewatching the three San Francisco Giants postseason runs, game-by-game, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. PT, with a gamethread for each.


Second note: There will be no rewatch this coming Wednesday, due to the 2020 MLB Draft.


The San Francisco Giants eked out a 3-2 win in Game 1 of their NLDS series against the Washington Nationals. And now, despite being on the road and winning 8 fewer games than their opponent, the Giants will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five series.

Win Game 2, and San Francisco will only have to win one of the next three games, with two of those games taking place back in the Bay Area.

To try and take that lead, the Giants are turning to veteran right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson. In his first year with the Giants — and 16th year in the Majors — Hudson finished the season with a 9-13 record, a 3.57 ERA, a 3.54 FIP, and 120 strikeouts in 189.1 innings. He was selected to the All-Star team for the fourth time in his career.

The Nationals are trying to even things up behind right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who is ten years younger than Hudson. Zimmermann finished the season with a 14-5 record, a 2.66 ERA, a 2.68 FIP, and 182 strikeouts in 199.2 innings. He joined Hudson on the NL All-Star team, and finished fifth in Cy Young Award voting.

We’re starting this rewatch at the same time as all the other ones: 6:00 p.m. PT. The video is embedded at the bottom of the article, or you can find it at this link, or you can YouTube search “Giants 2014 NLDS Game 2” and click the first link.

Here’s Matt Williams’ lineup:

  1. Denard Span — CF
  2. Anthony Rendon — 3B
  3. Jayson Werth — RF
  4. Adam LaRoche — 1B
  5. Ian Desmond — SS
  6. Bryce Harper — LF
  7. Wilson Ramos — C
  8. Asdrubal Cabrera — 2B
  9. Jordan Zimmermann — P

And Bruce Bochy’s crew:

  1. Gregor Blanco — CF
  2. Joe Panik — 2B
  3. Buster Posey — C
  4. Pablo Sandoval — 3B
  5. Hunter Pence — RF
  6. Brandon Belt — 1B
  7. Brandon Crawford — SS
  8. Travis Ishikawa — LF
  9. Tim Hudson — P