Monday, April 22, 2013

Game Wrap 4/22/2013: Giants 5 D'Backs 4

The Giants won a stirring come-from-behind win over the D'Backs capped by Brandon Belt's walkoff hit in the bottom of the 9'th inning.  Key Lines:

Marco Scutaro- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .243.  Nice 2-hit night for Scoots.

Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .301.  Sandoval continues to amaze by not having a strike zone.  The only way to pitch to him is to intentionally walk him!

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .250.  I think Buster is officially hot.

Andres Torres- 2 for 4, SB(2). BA= .306.  Torres just missed a HR or double up the left-center alley. He is hitting the ball with the same authority I remember from 2010.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 1.  BA= .197.  Belt took a special batting practice supervised by Bruce Bochy himself.  Boch then showed faith in him by sending him out there late in a close game on the double switch and then letting him bat against the LH pitcher.  Belt delivered the walkoff hit!  Talk about an ending worthy of a movie!

Ryan Vogelsong- 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, 2 HR.  ERA= 5.68.  Once again I thought Vogie pitched much better than the score indicated.  For one thing, he was battling a very tough strike zone by the ump.  Not saying it was an unfair strike zone, but it was very tough.  I have to say that to my eye, the zone Miley got was just a hair more liberal.  For Vogie to go a full 7 and keep his team in the game, was an accomplishment.

The Win upped the Giants record to 13-7, 1 game behind the Rockies who had their game snowed out in Denver.  The D'Backs fell 3.5 games off the pace and 2.5 behind the Giants.  The Dodgers were idle and remain 5 games behind the Rockies while the Pathetic Padres lost to the BrewCrew 7-1 to fall 8.5 games off the pace.

Matt Cain faces Patrick Corbin tomorrow evening at AT&T Park.


  1. vogey faced a k-zone that took away the corners and the pitch at the knees...he was lucky that he only gave up 2 dingers, as he was forced to come in and up

    mrs vogey was beside herself as the vogey house doesnt get much sleep after a game like this

    the same pitch that he wasnt getting a call on, got the rev out twice

    not exactly sure how pitchers and hitters are supposed to adjust to something like that

    i think everyone can stop worrying about buster

    pablo is a very entertaining at bat

    everyone needs to check out the new white shark blog post...its touching


  2. oh, and the lf platoon is working great

    with no pressure to perform everyday, both blanco and andres are much more relaxed at the plate, and there is absolutely no drop off in d

    1. I posted about the platoon yesterday. Torres looks good early on for sure. Blanco is getting on base. Having a CF in LF all the time is sweet.

  3. Great game last night.. Buster was robbed of another extra base hit by an amazing catch by Cody Ross, but I still like Cody.. I like this team's ability to come from behind. The bullpen came thru... Machi pitched a nice 8th inning and Mijaris almost did the same. I was nervous when Hinske was pinch hitting against Romo thinking back to 2010 playoffs.. Now I want to see Cain start pitching well tonight.


    1. Agreed. Cain needs to step up and be the Tennessee Stud now, enough of this early season rustiness.

    2. Cain has actually been pitching well, he's just mostly getting BABIPed by HR's and hits.

  4. Panda: Intentionally walking me? That's how I hack my way to a high OBP.

  5. Probably jumping the gun, as DrB probably notes this on next blog post, but I find it funny how all the pundits like to pick on the Giants for putting so much work on their young pitchers arms and forecasting that they will break down, while I don't see such commentary or warnings for the Bridegrooms but then their starters go down with TJS and other ailments, with Hanging Chad being the latest to hit the surgery table.

    1. Hadn't really thought of it that way. I am more bemused by the naysayers coming out in force again to carp about how Brandon Belt is being handled in spite of abundant evidence that he needed a breather and some extra BP with under the manager's tutelage. Worked out to perfection last night. When are they going to learn?

    2. doc,

      i always said that bochy was a genius at handling pitching staffs and pitchers...except for maybe peavy and possibly timmy

      his tenure with the giants in that regard, has been outstanding

      his work with young position players is mixed....and i do believe that this is the first time he has ever taken anyone under his wing

      dodgers blew their wad and very well may have nothing to show for it

    3. Belt and Bochy have both said that he was pressing, to bad effect, entirely justifying the treatment he's received. However, the naysayers are never going to learn because it is in their interest not to: the naysaying is a device whereby to aggrandize themselves while at the same time venting their frustration at needing aggrandizement (because they have no actual effect on the team they're addicted to). As to Bochy's handling of young position players, Anon confides that it's mixed; but I don't know any evidence for that. Can someone name one young position player whom Bochy mishandled? maybe Velez and Burriss, by playing them at all . . .