Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Game Wrap 5/14/2013: Blue Jays 10 Giants 6
The Giants lost this game in a disastrous first inning as they did not appear to be prepared for the playing surface or RA Dickey's knuckleball, and fell behind 6-0. Key Lines:
Marco Scutaro- 3 for 5. BA= .315. Scooter's hit parade continues!
Pablo Sandoval- 1 for 5, HR(7). BA= .316. Flummoxed by the knuckler, Pablo hit a 3 run dinger off a conventional pitcher in the 9'th to make the final score a lot closer than the game actually was.
Hunter Pence- 2 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .288. Hunter Pence is not my idea of a guy who is going to do well against the knuckleball, but he did in this one.
Brandon Belt- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(5), BB. BA= .244. Attaboy, Brandon! This is the kind of line we've been waiting for, the kind he used to put up in the minors on an almost daily basis. Hopefully this is the start of something really good. Belt has a 5 game hit streak in which he is 7 for 15 with 2 HR plus 2 BB.
Barry Zito- 5.2 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. ERA= 3.40. Zito deserved a much better fate as he was not only victimized by the BABIP gods in the first inning, but his teammates made at least 4 atrocious defensive plays behind him. He should have been out of that inning with far less damage. He deserves a lot of credit for hanging in there and sparing the bullpen to fight another day.
Melky Cabrera(Blue Jays)- 4 for 5, 2B. BA= .278. Melky got his WS ring before the game, then put on a show for his ex-teammates which brought back memories of the Melkmen days.
The Giants will remain in first place by at least 1.5 games despite the Loss. The Padres topped the Orioles 3-2, but the rest of the teams in the division are still playing.
Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound facing journeyman Ramon Ortiz in the finale of the 2 game series tomorrow.