"I was a little worried that they were going to cancel the game and I'd have to be nervous for two straight days," he said.Jitters also drove Rowand into the batting cage before the game.
"I was just trying to stay loose, take some extra swings and calm my nerves," Rowand said. "No matter how many years you play this game, Opening Day is Opening Day and you still get butterflies."Rowand aroused concern by hitting .189 in Spring Training. He vanquished doubts by pulling Suppan's 1-0 slider halfway up the left-field seats in the fourth before adding an RBI double in the seventh. "It's funny how things go when the lights get turned on," Rowand said, pointing out that he used his Cactus League at-bats to hone his stroke and sharpen his eye, not collect base hits. Overall, the Giants sustained the balanced offense manager Bruce Bochy seeks. Each starting position player except Burriss collected at least one hit, and all eight scored at least one run. Even Lincecum contributed, pulling his bat back on a second-inning bunt attempt and chopping a single to left field that moved Burriss into position to score on Winn's sacrifice fly. This helped the Giants enjoy their most prolific Opening Day since 1999 at Cincinnati, where they scored 11 runs. "It saved us today," Bochy said of San Francisco's offense. So did the bullpen. Right-hander Joe Martinez, the club's only other rookie besides Ishikawa, relieved Lincecum and yielded a pair of fourth-inning runs. But Martinez recovered by throwing a scoreless fifth to earn the decision in his Major League debut. "It was fun," Martinez said. "I think everybody's going to get a little nervous, but once I started throwing I felt OK. The fact that I got a chance to get a win is kind of funny. Everyone pitched well today." Martinez was referring to fellow relievers Brandon Medders, Jeremy Affeldt, Bob Howry, Alex Hinshaw and Brian Wilson, who combined to limit Milwaukee to one run and three hits in four innings. Every reliever except Merkin Valdez was forced to work, but nobody seemed to mind. "I think that's big for us as a group to have such a 'team win' in the first game of the season," Rowand said. "That's something you can build off of."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.