Sunday, September 21, 2014

Game Wrap 9/21/2014: Padres 8 Giants 2

It was another ugly game for the Giants in Petco Park as once again they allowed the opposing team to score first and it all went downhill from there.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .245.  Crawford stayed hot, about the only batter in the Giants lineup you can say that about right now.

Chris Dominguez- 1 for 2, HR(1), BB.  BA= .200.  Well, if you are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle, it makes sense to do with a guy who can run into one once in awhile.  Chris showed off his enormous power potential golfing a 2 run shot off the bricks down the line in LF.  Good for him!  Now, no matter what else happens in his career and life, he can say he hit a HR in MLB.  Gotta think he's earned another start or 2 for the LA series.  Maybe having never seen Kershaw or Greinke before would be a good thing?  Sometimes knowing too much about an opposing pitcher can do more harm than good.

Not saying it was the wrong decision at all, but I still say Gary Brown was the CW guy for the start, either in CF or LF.  The fact he was passed over yet again, I think, tells you all you need to know about how the organization sees him, and it's not a good thing for him.

Ryan Vogelsong- 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.96.  Vogey looked quite good early on. He was done in by some bad fielding by Pablo Sandoval in the 6'th and by bad relief pitching in the same inning.

Erik Cordier- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Easy, easy heat from Cordier who pumped 100 MPH heat like he was playing catch.  He just rocks and throws, boom!  The ball just explodes into the catcher's mitt!  If this guy looks anything like this at all in spring training, Giants better find a way to take him north!

The Loss dropped the Giants to 4.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West eliminating them from serious hope of winning the division.  It also dropped them into a tie with the Pirates for home-field advantage in the Wild Card play-in game.  Unfortunately, the tiebreaker goes to the Pirates for H2H record.  The Giants remain 4.5 games up on the Brewers for the second Wild Card slot.

The Giants now move on the LA to take on the Dodgers with Jake Peavy facing Dan Haren in game 1 tomorrow evening.

Down on the Farm: High A San Jose Giants 2014 Season Review

The San Jose Giants finished out of the California League playoffs for the first time in recent memory.  Part of that was because the Cal League was loaded with premium talent this year.  Part of it was because the Giants did not have their customary dominant pitching which has always been their advantage over the Cal League competition in an extreme hitter's league.   While the Giants did not have any single overwhelming talent, I thought it was one of the more interesting teams in the organization to follow on a daily basis with a large number of underrated prospects and "sleeper" types who had solid seasons and should progress in the organization.  Here they are:

On Track(position):

Blake Miller(2B/UT)- .299/.354/.453, 8 HR in 364 AB.  Miller was a low round draftee out of someplace called Western Oregon U.  He raked in college and has raked at every level in the pros.  He was kind of this year's version of Matt Duffy for SJ.  Got a late season promo to AA Richmond and hit well there too.  I think Blake Miller can hit!  With all the scrappy MI types the Giants seem to be drafting and developing, he may end up blocked at the MLB level.

Ben Turner(Catcher)- .298/.353/.371, 34 BB, 37 K in .383 AB.  Not much power there, but those K and BB numbers are very reminiscent of Joe Panik at the same stage.  I don't know anything about his D, but what MLB team couldn't use a backup catcher with a line like that?  Heck, there's more than a few who would be happy with a starting catcher with those numbers!

Mitch Delfino(3B)- .289/.333/.424, 12 HR, 34 BB, 77 K's in 533 AB.   Delfino maybe does not walk as much as you would like, but he has kept his K's under 15% at both Augusta and San Jose while hitting for a solid average with moderate power.  I think he can keep it going at higher levels.  May be a bit error prone at 3B but it's hard to judge D at lower levels of the minors due to poor fielding conditions.  We all know what a dearth of good 3B there are at the MLB level.

Jesus Galindo(CF)- .268/.334/.329, 31 SB in 396 AB.  Galindo is the latest CF/Leadoff/No Power/Speed guys the Giants seem to love, but never seem to get to the majors.  He started out the season as possibly the Giants top offensive prospect in San Jose then kind of got forgotten as the season progressed.  I like that he seems to be able to work a walk and he can certainly steal bases.  Got passed on the CF depth chart by Daniel Carbonell like he was standing still, though.

Brian Ragira(1B)- .260/.320/.444, 20 HR in 457 AB.  It was a tale of two seasons for Ragira, the former high school phenom and Stanford guy.  He started the season ice cold then had an enormous second half:  .297/.353/.524, 15 HR in 229 AB.  I've always loved Ragira's swing.  He has a wrist snap reminiscent of Eric Davis and, get this, Hank Aaron!  The complaint about Stanford is they teach a hitting technique that robs hitters of their power.  Well, it looks like Ragira shook THAT off in the second half!  I would think we will see him in Richmond next year and I, for one, will be watching with a lot of interest.  Unfortunately, he seems to be limited to 1B which also limits his MLB opportunities.

Charles "Chuckie" Jones(OF)- .256/.326/.404, 15 HR, 17 SB, 485 AB.  Raw 5-tool OF made a lot of progress in 2014, but is he running out of time?


Elliott Blair(OF)- .316/.381/.452 in 345 AB.  There is some reason why the Giants drafted Elliott Blair and keep him around.  He's a player who seems to have some tools but I think he has battled injuries much of his career.  Got a late season promo to Richmond where he started strong but then faded down the stretch.  He may find himself edged out in a numbers game at higher levels as the Giants suddenly seem to have a lot of promising OF prospects.

Mac Williamson(DH)- .318/.420/.506, 3 HR, 6 SB in 106 AB.  The only reason Mac started back in SJ is because he could only DH due to an UCL tear in his elbow.  He destroyed Cal League pitching until he finally underwent Tommy John surgery.  He should be ready to go by next spring and could be knocking on the door in SF very soon.  One of the top prospects in the Giants system.

Late to the Party(position):

Daniel Carbonell(CF)- .344/.390/.538, 3 HR, 7 SB in 93 AB.  Carbonell is the Cuban expat signed mid-season.  He's 23 years old and an premium athlete, built more like a football wide receiver than a baseball player.  The only question was whether he could hit.  So far, he's done that.  He got promoted to Richmond for the EL playoffs and hit well there too.  Man, if this guy plays up to his athleticism, the Giants may have gotten themselves a player for a song compared to what teams have paid for other Cuban stars!  It's all a very small sample size so far, but so far, so good!

Tyler Horan(OF)- .321/.376/.670, 10 HR, 6 SB in 106 AB.  Horan was the best hitter for Augusta this year and got a late mid-season promo to SJ and absolutely destroyed Cal League pitching.  If you figure a full minor league season is 500 AB, that projects to a 50 HR season!  Did not perform as well as Carbonell in the EL playoffs, but SSS.  Richmond should be a big test next year.

Brandon Bednar(IF)- .241/.297/.354, 5 HR in 195 AB.  Bednar is listed as a 3B, but actually played all IF positions.  Big, athletic college SS.  Probably will continue at SJ to start 2015.

On Track(SP's):

Joe Biagini(RHP)- 10-9, 4.01, 128 IP, 46 BB, 103 K, GO/AO= 1.36.  Big RHP who the Giants obviously think has potential after drafting him out of UC Davis where he barely pitched at all.  He's been whittling down his walk rates.  Projects as an innings eating SP who might have a chance at the back end of a MLB rotation if he continues to develop.  I don't have any velocities to report.

Pat Young(RHP)- 9-6, 6.13, 111.2 IP, 47 BB, 93 K's.  Young is the big guy with the jerky-jerky delivery that looks nasty.  He got hit around pretty bad in the Cal League, but the peripherals are not terrible.  He needs to cut down on the walks.  May project more as a reliever.

Kendry Flores(RHP)- 4-6, 4.09, 105.2 IP, 32 BB, 112 K's.  Flores was dominant at times, but seemed to battle injuries all season.  K/BB not the eye-popping numbers from Augusta, but not bad either.  Hope for better health next year.

Chris Stratton(RHP)- 7-8, 5.07, 99.1 IP, 36 BB, 112 K's.  Those are probably the best peripherals on the SJ starting staff but they still have not translated into results.  Got a late season promo to Richmond and pitched a bit better there.  Stratton remains an enigma with higher expectations from a former first round draft pick.

Joe Kurrasch(LHP)- 8-4, 3.05, 91.1 IP, 33 BB, 49 K's.  Nice ERA, but that K rate is not going to get it done at higher levels.

Martin Agosta(RHP)- 3-3, 9.23, 39 IP, 34 BB, 25 K's.  Agosta has just not been the same ever since missing time in 2013 with forearm and elbow issues then coming back with noticeably lower velocity.  Was a batting practice pitcher this year.  Gotta think there is something in his arm that needs fixing!

Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 2-2, 6.25, 22.2 IP, 13 BB, 27 K's.  Gregorio got hurt early in the season and resurfaced back in Augusta.  Still a nice K rate, and time is on his side.

Late to the Party(SP's):

Matt Lujan(LHP)- 6-2, 3.42, 71 IP, 23 BB, 69 K's.  Lujan got the bump up from Augusta mid-season and pitched very well for SJ.  Maybe working his way onto the prospect map?

Nick Vander Tuig(RHP)- 3-2, 5.06, 32 IP, 5 BB, 19 K's.  Vander Tuig showed up in the Arizona League about mid-season.  Gradually got stretched out and ended up pitching for SJ late.  Numbers are somewhat uninspiring so far.

On Track(RP's):

Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 4-0, 2.00, 72 IP, 22 BB, 72 K's, GO/AO= 2.11.  Sidearming RHP with a strong GB tendency.  May have to settle for a righty specialist role in the majors.

Mason McVay(LHP)- 0-5, 4.38, 72 IP, 26 BB, 83 K's.  Big strong LHP.  Love the K's, love the ability to go more than 1 inning.  I think he's a lot better than the W-L and ERA would indicate.

Steven Johnson(RHP)- 7-4, 3.65, 69 IP, 36 BB, 77 K's.  Triple digit FB in college.  I have not seen any recent velocity reports.  Seems to have gotten some command and pitched very well for long stretches.

Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 2-1, 4.60, 62.2 IP, 62 BB, 64 K's.  Another hard throwing RHP, but that BB rate is frightful!

Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 4-3, 3.48, 62 IP, 17 BB, 48 K's, GO/AO= 1.69, 14 Saves.  Probably more of a middle reliever in terms of stuff as he depends on command and ground balls to get outs.

Steven Okert(LHP)- 1-2, 1.53, 35.1 IP, 11 BB, 54 K's, 19 Saves.  Big LHP was SJ's closer for much of the season.  Got a late promo to Richmond and pitched well there too.  Might be in line to take Affeldt's place after next season.

Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 1-2, 9.38, 24 IP, 28 BB's, 19 K's.  Another hard throwing RHP.  Terrible, terrible command!

Late to the Party:

Bryce Bandilla(LHP)- 0-1, 3.15, 34.1 IP, 16 BB, 47 K's, 8 Saves.  Another big LHP.  Washed out early in the season in Richmond, but pitched very well with improved command as a closer for SJ late in the season.

Ray Black(RHP)- 1-0, 2.25, 4 IP, 2 H, 7 K's.  Another RHP with triple digit heat.  Has battled injuries before this season.  How long can he stay healthy?  I say fast track the heck out of him and get what you can out of him until his arm falls off!  Don't waste those pitches in the low minors!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Game Wrap 9/20/2014: Padres 3 Giants 2

The Giants fell behind early to a dominant pitcher, and a 9'th inning rally fell short.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 1 for 4, HR(20).  BA= .288.  Pence has another 20 HR season.  His SB's are way off this year, though, so he won't be going 20/20.

Yusmeiro Petit- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.63.  Not a terrible line for Petit, but when you are going against a guy who will soon be one of the elite pitchers in baseball if he isn't already, you can't be the guy who give up the first run.

Andrew Cashner(Padres)- 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.21.  The only thing that would appear to be standing between Cashner and greatness is his penchant for hitting the DL every year.  He cuts that out, and he's right up there with the top tier.

The Loss kept the Giants 3.5 games of the pace of he NL West leading Dodgers who blew a 7-1 lead to the Cubs and lost 8-7.  They remained 1 game ahead of the Pirates for the home field advantage in the Wild Card play-in game.  They are 4.5 games ahead of the Brewers for the second Wild Card spot with 8 games to play.

Ryan Vogelsong tries to salvage a game out of the series tomorrow afternoon facing Ian Kennedy.

Game Wrap 9/19/2014: Padres 5 Giants 0

The Padres took advantage of a squeezed strike zone in the first inning and jumped on Tim Hudson for 4 runs.  The rest of the game was a sleepwalk in the park as the Giants managed just 3 hits off Odrisamer Despaigne and the Padres bullpen.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .303.  Panik has a short, quick swing so was able to adjust to Despaigne's varied arsenal of pitches and speeds.  2-Hit Joe had been in a bit of a slump in the D'Backs series but had 2 of the Giants 3 hits in this game.

Tim Hudson- 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 3.52.  Huddy had at least 3 or 4 key pitches that clearly caught corners of the plate called balls by home plate ump Lance Barksdale in the first inning and it clearly affected the outcome of this game as it forced Huddy to the middle of the plate and the Padres jumped all over him for a 4 run first inning.  The zone eased up a bit after the first inning, but remained inconsistent throughout the game.  Huddy contributed to by failing to keep the ball down in the zone where he seemed to be able to get strike calls.

Tim Lincecum- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.81.  I did not see Timmy's innings, but reports from Kruk and Kuip and from the Postgame Live analysts were positive.  It's a clean line.

Angel Pagan- 0 for 2, BB, SB(16).  BA= .300.  Pagan did not look like he felt well and pulled up on a throw when it looked like he had a chance to get a runner at the plate.  At this point, it would appear that Pagan cannot be counted on for the remainder of this season.

The Loss left the Giants 3.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West after the Dodgers pounded the Cubs 14-5.  Their lead over the Pirates for the home field advantage in the Wild Card play-in game shrunk to 1 game as the Pirates came from behind the beat the BrewCrew.  On a happier note, the Giants lead over the Brewers for the second Wild Card slot is 5.5 games with 9 to play.

Yusmeiro Petit takes on the Padres best pitcher, Andrew Cashner, this evening to try and square up the weekend series.

A big Get Well Soon to Willie McCovey who is hospitalized for treatment of a serious infection.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Down on the Farm: AA Richmond Flying Squirrels 2014 Season Review

AA is generally considered to be the Prospect Level, the level where you find the best prospects in an organization.  It's where the men are separated from the boys, so to speak.  It's kind of like New York:  If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.  Most top prospects who do well in AA are less than a calender year from making The Show

The Richmond Flying Squirrels did have their share of top prospects heading into 2014, but the lion's share of the buzz was for the young pitchers graduating from High A San Jose.  The class was led by Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn and Adalberto Mejia with former college draftee, Ty Blach, also considered a serious prospect.  In the bullpen, Derek Law came in with a huge amount of buzz after putting up astonishing numbers for San Jose.  On the offensive side of the field, the only significant non-holdover was Matt Duffy, and he was not generating much interest except for, ahem, certain obscure corners of the internet.

AA "Rookies":

Matt Duffy(SS)- .332/.398/.444, 20 SB.  Duffy was an obscure late round college draftee, the kind that usually end up as roster filler in the minors.  He hit very well at 2 levels in 2013.  You had to think the most likely scenario is that the big bad Eastern League would expose him for what he really was, an organizational player.  All he did was lead all of AA baseball in BA, snag a midseason callup, and become one of the more valuable bats off the bench down the stretch of heated pennant race.  If that doesn't put you on the map as a prospect, I'm not sure what would.  Matt Duffy!

Devin Harris(OF)- .256/.310/.437, 13 HR.  Harris has been in the organization a long time, but those are respectable numbers for AA and the EL.

Myles Schroder(C/UT)- .254/.305/.367, 5 HR, 11 SB.  Schroder probably increased his value marginally by playing quite a bit of catcher.  Remains fringy as a possible utility prospect.

Ty Blach(LHP)- 8-8, 3.13, 141 IP, 39 BB, 91 K's.  Blach pitched well, probably the best of the pitching prospects, but you have to wonder about those K and BB rates.

Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 7-9, 4.67, 108 IP, 31 BB, 82 K's.  Not an impressive line, but Mejia finished the season with a 3.22 ERA over his last 10 starts, including QS in his last 4 consecutive starts including 2 postseason starts.  He was also one of the youngest players in the EL.

Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5-6, 3.29, 93 IP, 20 BB, 85 K's.  Blackburn missed some time with injury, but pitched very well when fully healthy including a few dominant starts.

Kyle Crick(RHP)- 6-7, 3.79, 90.1 IP, 67 BB, 111 K's.  Crick flashed brilliance but was wildly inconsistent with severe bouts of poor command.  He pitched out of the bullpen in the EL playoffs and you have to wonder if the Giants are thinking that may be where his future lies.  I hope they don't give up on him as a starter just yet.

Derek Law(RHP)- 2-0, 2.57, 28 IP, 14 BB, 29 K's, 13 Saves.  After a breakthrough season for San Jose in 2013, Law had high expectation coming into 2014 with Richmond.  He pitched very well until suffering a torn UCL requiring Tommy John surgery.  Expect him back about midseason next year, like Hunter Strickland this year.


Kelby Tomlinson(2B/SS)- .268/.340/.323, 49 SB.  Were it not for Matt Duffy's astonishing performance, Tomlinson would have had the most interesting line from the Richmond lineup.  I have to day I did not see 49 SB's coming.  Even though he played mostly 2B, he is also an excellent defensive SS who could have a future in MLB as a utility IF.

Angel Villalona(1B)- .227/.290/.381, 10 HR.  Angel V started out strong numbers but went into a deep mid-season slump after missing some time with injury.  He started hitting again right at the end of the season.  Villalona may still have the highest ceiling bat in the organization and the Giants have at least 2 options left, so can afford to be patient.

Jarrett Parker(OF)- .275/.370/.463, 12 HR, 11 SB.  2 seasons in High A and 2 more in AA is a rough way to go, especially for a college draftee.  Parker seemed to make progress and got a brief callup mid-season followed by an assignment to AAA Fresno.  He will probably start 2015 in Sacramento where he will need to rake to get noticed.

Ricky Oropesa(3B/1B)- .241/.315/.330, 5 HR.  This was Ricky's second try in Richmond.  Very rough season to say the least.  Seemed to be the odd man out at the corner IF positions between him,
Angel V and Mario Lisson. Not sure where he goes or what he does from here.

Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 11-6, 3.56, 131.1 IP, 41 BB's, 86 K's.  Snodgrass probably earned himself a look in AAA next year.  Fringy SP prospect, might be a future lefty specialist.

Austin Fleet(RHP)- 8-1, 2.78, 97 IP, 36 BB, 86 K's.  Fleet earned a callup to Fresno and pitched well there too.  Hopefully he gets gig in Sacramento to start next season.

Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 8-3, 3.83, 87 IP, 23 BB, 55 K's.  Marte also got a callup to Fresno.  He has a low 90's FB and a nice changeup and breaking ball to go with it.  Has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotaton MLB starter depending on his command.

Cody Hall(RHP)- 1-4, 3.14, 51.2 IP, 14 BB, 57 K's, 13 Saves.  Hall was kind of the forgotten man this year with all the excitement generate by Law early and Strickland and Cordier late, but those are very nice numbers.

Venezuela Winter League Signee:

Mario Lisson(3B)- .266/.370/.467, 18 HR, 11 SB.  Lisson was this year's signee from the VWL.  He played well for Richmond and may have bought himself a promo to Sacramento next year.

Late to the Party:

Blake Miller(2B/UT)- .304/.373/.402, 92 AB.  Miller has hit at every level he's played at in his pro career.  He made the transition from High A to AA look easy.  Where are the Giants going to put all these scrappy MI types?

Chris Stratton(RHP)- 1-1, 3.52, 23 IP, 12 BB, 18 K's.  The enigmatic former first round draft pick got a late season callup to Richmond from San Jose.  Those are good numbers but not quite what you hope for from a first rounder.

Hunter Strickland- 1-1, 2.02, 35.2 IP, 21 BB, 48 K's, 11 Saves.  Strickland started the season on the DL but more than made up for it when he came back from Tommy John surgery.  His performance earned him a September callup to the Giants where he has dazzled with a high 90's and occasional triple digit FB.  Should have a chance to make the Giants opening day roster in 2015 if not this year's postseason roster!

Steven Okert(LHP)- 1-0, 2.73, 33 IP, 11 BB, 38 K's, 5 Saves.  Started the year in San Jose.  For those of you worried about what the Giants will do for lefty relievers when Affeldt and Lopez are done, Steven Okert is your anxiety medication.  Expect to see him in Sacramento next year where he will be a bus ride away from AT&T Park.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Game Wrap 9/17/2014: Giants 4 D'Backs 2

Matt Duffy hit a bases-loaded 2-run single in the top of the 9'th inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Giants a series win over the D'Backs.  Matt Duffy!  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 4 for 4, 2B.  BA= .246  Crawford continued his torrid hot streak that has seen him go 12 for 24 over his last 7 games and .452 for the month of September.  He accounted for 3 of the Giants 4 runs in this one scoring 2 and driving in 1.

Matt Duffy- 1 for 1.  BA= .235.  So, Matt Duffy is hitting .308 over his last 10 games, mostly in a PH/Bench role, which might be the toughest role in all of baseball.  He is 4 for 10 as a PH.  Game winner today!  Matt Duffy!

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.91.  Bummy maybe did not have his best stuff today, but hung tough and kept the Giants in the game.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(17).  ERA= 1.82.  Casilla seems to have tightened his grip on the closer role coming down the stretch.

The Dodgers were crushed by the Rockies today 16-2, thank you very much.  The Giants Win gets them to 2 games behind the NL West leaders.  The Pirates took it to the BoSox 9-1 so the Giants lead for the home field advantage in the Wild Card Play-in game remains at 2.5 games.  The Brewers lost so the Giants lead over them for the second Wild Card slot grows to 4 games with 10 to play.  The Braves continue their free-fall and are 8 games off the Giants Wild Card pace.

The Giants now have a day off before taking on the Padres in Petco Park for a 3 game weekend series. Tim Hudson tries to right his ship in game 1 facing Odrisamer Despaigne.  Gotta love that name!  The Dodgers, meanwhile, travel to Chicago to face a Cubs team looking to be spoilers.  Can we cue up Tommy Lasorda for a postgame interview?  LOL!

MLBTR is reporting from multiple sources that the Giants are not willing to go more than 3 years for Pablo Sandoval, are planning to make a QO and expect him to go on the market where the BoSox and Marlins are interested.

Oh, and I have one more thing to say.  Matt Duffy!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Game Wrap 9/16/2014: Giants 2 D'Backs 1

The BABIP gods were not smiling at the Giants tonight as they hit about 10 line drives for outs, but they managed to overcome bad luck thanks to a terrific, gutsy pitching performance by Jake Peavy.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, HR(21).  BA= .312.  Buster inched closer to the batting title now trailing Josh Harrison by .005 and Justin Morneau by .004.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .240.  Crawford had a terrific night driving in the winning run with the SF and then ranging from a left side shift on Mark Trumbo to grab a bouncer up the middle then make a nifty throw to beat Trumbo by a hair for out #1 in the 9'th.  That's gotta be worth at least 0.2 WAR points right there!

Jake Peavy- 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.82.  Peavy is 6-1 with a 1.13 ERA over his last 6 starts and what a pickup he's been!  Best trade of the season so far!

Juan Perez- 0 for 4.  BA= .169.  When Bochy was asked about possibly playing Gary Brown in CF instead of Perez he responded by saying Perez has the experience then adding this:  "It's hard to try to get lightning in a bottle with 12 games left."  Well, there you go!  There is a guy in the opposing dugout who might have something to say about that(Cody Ross).  Of course, Ross was not a rookie in 2010 either.

The Win brought the Giants back to 3 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who lost to the Rockies 10-4 in Colorado.  The Pirates and BrewCrew both won so the Giants lead for the home field advantage in The Wild Card play-in game remains at 2.5 over the Pirates and the lead for the second Wild Card spot remains at 4 games over the Brewers.

Madison Bumgarner tries to close out a series win tomorrow afternoon facing LHP Andrew Chafin.