Saturday, May 25, 2013

Game Wrap 5/24/2013: Rockies 5 Giants 0

The Giants managed just 5 scattered hits off Colorado pitchers while the BABIP gods were not kind to Tim Lincecum.  Oh, and I don't think it's fair that opposing teams get to start their games against the Giants with a 2 run lead....wait, you mean they don't?  Key Lines:

Tim Lincecum- 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.75.  Timmy's stuff looked good and his command was not bad.  Luck was not on his side in this one.  In first inning, CarGo's ground ball is a foot to the right and it's an easy DP.  Instead, it set up the 2 run double that Cuddyer poked to the RF.  The point of contact of that ball with Cuddyer's bat looked a bit random to me too.  The run in the 4'th inning was caused by Cuddyer striking out on a wild pitch and reaching first base.  So, Cuddyer's dinger in the 6'th was really the only non-lucky run Timmy allowed.  It's not like he didn't strike out enough batters or that walks hurt him! Of course, with the way the Giants were hitting, Cuddyer's blast would have been enough to sink Timmy anyway.

Tyler Chatwood(Rockies)-  6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 11/1.  ERA= 1.90.  Chatwood is a former 2'nd round draft pick by the Angels out of Redlands East Valley HS, so I have followed his career with some interest since he's a hometown boy.  He developed quickly in the minors but then struggled to gain a foothold in the majors for several seasons.  Man, it sure looks like he's finally figured it out.  He showed a hard, sinking fastball that sat 92-94 MPH with just enough offspeed stuff to keep the Giants hitters off balance.  He had the Giants killing worms all night.  He has maintained a GO/AO>2 at every stop, so that sinker is for real.  He'll have some BABIP games here and there, but that stuff and those numbers portend a long MLB career. He will end up earning a lot of money in this game.

With the Loss, the Giants fell out of a 3 way first place tie with the Rockies and D'Backs.  The D'Backs held onto their share of first place with a 5-2 win over the Padres who dropped to 5.5 games off the pace.  The Dodgers were dominated by the Cardinals 7-0 to fall 7 games behind in last place in the NL West.

Barry Zito takes the mound for game 2 on Saturday afternoon facing Juan Nicasio.


  1. Not buying into Chatwood. His MILB stats havent been pretty awful and in the majors he hasn't been any good except when he pitches against the Giants and the Dodgers. This year so far he has that ERA because of 3 of his 4 starts have been against the teams mentioned above.

  2. Chat wood's stuff looked good to me.