Monday, April 29, 2013

Game Wrap 4/29/2013: Giants 6 D'Backs 4

The Giants survived a 3 dinger inning off starter Matt Cain to break their 5 game losing streak in Arizona.  Key Lines:

Marco Scutaro- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .237.  Scooter reached base 4 times in 5 PA's.  Maybe he didn't need a day off after all?

Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 3.  BA= .327.  Pablo is hitting .372 over his last 10 games and .412 over his last 9.  He left the game early due to recurrent elbow soreness.  Maybe that explains the relative lack of power in that stretch?

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .244.  Bochy batted Belt out of the 8 hole which has been a surprisingly effective spot for Giants hitters this year.  Belt is hitting .379 over his last 10 games.

Matt Cain-  6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 6.49.  Only one of the 4 BB's came back to bite him, but the 3 dingers in the 4'th inning continued a pattern of missing locations and hanging breaking balls that have led to a rash of dingers off the Giants ace.  Cainer did get the ship righted and went 2 more shut down innings after the D'Backs outburst in the 4'th inning.

Jean Machi- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA- 0.00.  Who gets shipped out when Affeldt gets back?  I have a feeling it ain't gonna be Machi!

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(9).  ERA= 2.31.  Cody Ross hit a good pitch for a bloop single to RF.  Other than that, Romo was dominant.

With the Win, the Giants will likely stay 2 games behind the Rockies who are way ahead of the Dodgers in LA.  The D'Backs fall 1 game of the Rockies' pace while the Dodgers will likely fall 3 games back.  The Padres lost to the Cubs 5-3 and fall to 6 games back in last place in the NL West.

Madison Bumgarner takes the mound tomorrow evening against Trevor Cahill.


  1. Anybody pick Crawford to lead the team in home runs for the month of April? Didn't think so.

  2. So Scutaro shuts up the critics for a day at least. Quick check in on another guy that Sabean might get criticized for: Melky Cabrera. How's he doing? 250/301/298 with a 298 BABIP. 1 2B and 2 3B on the year, no home runs. Well now, I guess there won't be any outrage about that for this month.

    1. I was certainly not criticising Scutaro, I was just saying that the 3yr deal was outrageous. I would have liked to had Melky back as a Giants but after he tested positive I didnt really mind if he wasnt resigned. One thing that I dont understand is why would Melky fall off so bad. Do a player need to keep taking steroids year-in-year-out in order to perform every single year?? I thought you take steroids for a long period of time (6months) and stop and it will last for your whole career.

    2. Melky was in for a significant regression with or without PED's. We're barely 1 month into the season. Gotta remember sample sizes here.

    3. To call Scooter's contract "outrageous" is outrageous.