Friday, June 14, 2013

Game Wrap 6/14/2013: Giants 6 Braves 0

It was Madison Bumgarner's turn to flirt with a no-hitter and the Giants offense put up a determined effort that resulted in one of the more dominating wins of the season, so far.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .277.  For a slap and dash guy, Blanco can put a charge into a ball from time to time.  He did that to lead off the game and the Giants never looked back.

Buster Posey- 3 for 5, 3 2B.  BA= .313.  Buster put on a hitting clinic in front of family and friends.  His 3 doubles went down the LF line, RF line and up the R-CF alley.  The only missing piece to a doubles cycle was one up the L-CF alley.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .299.   Pence is having a great walk year.  He's gonna get paid this offseason!

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .294.  Crawford hit out of the 5-hole tonight and held up his end of the bargain.  He keeps this up all year and if the Giants make the postseason again, I think he needs to be in the discussion for MVP.

Joaquin Arias- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .286.  Is anyone else curious as to what Arias would do if given 600 AB's over a full season?

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 3.30.  I was thinking possible no-hitter as early as the second inning.  His stuff was that good.  The two hits he did give up were a blooper to CF and a slap job down the LF line.  This very easily could have been a no-no, although his pitch count might have been the limiting factor.  I thought he was running out of gas fast in the 7'th inning.

Sandy Rosario- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  Rosario seems to be getting his feet on the ground.  He has good looking stuff.  The last pitch of the game was a 95 MPH fastball that he blew right by Justin Upton.

With the Win, the Giants move a game closer to the NL West leading D'Backs who lost to the Pesky Padres 2-1.  The Giants are now 1.5 games behind the leaders.  The Rockies remained 2.5 games behind with an 8-7 loss to the Phillies and are in 3'rd place.  The Padres remain in 4'th place, but are now just 4 games behind the division leaders.  The Dodgers lost to the Pirates 3-0 to remain 8.5 games behind in last place.

Chad Gaudin faces Mike Minor tomorrow afternoon.


  1. good game all around

    neal got called up to the yanks....hope this time, he gets more than a cup o joe

    the suspensions dished out to the bums/snakes are a big joke

    with the way appeals work, kennedy may not even miss a start...when it counts

    coaches who choose to get involved in the scrum, should get more than a 1 or 2 game suspension

    if the giants can pull out a winning road trip, i will be amazed....and it will bode well for the stretch run

    sj giants won first half crown


    1. Yeah, for all the proclamations that they are getting tough, MLB turned into pussycats on this one. I mean, Kennedy threw at people's heads, not just once, but twice and the the one to Grienke was clearly a purpose pitch. There were what, 5 HBP's in the game? Whatheheck took the umps so long to start ejecting people anyway? It seems like a manager throwing an opposing coacth to the ground and having to be pulled off him and away ought to get more than a game or two.

      Last night's game was possibly a very key game. It assured that the Giants would not be swept in any of the current road series. It assured a record of no worse than 4-5 for the road trip. The come out of one of the toughest stretches of the season essentially no worse off than they started it. The going should get considerably easier the rest of this month and most of July.

      Of course, they will have to go out and compete and win over the next month and a half, but at least they gave themselves the opportunity by hanging tough on this trip. Good Stuff!!

    2. Kennedy was trying to hit Puig. In both instances, he did two things that were dangerous: He threw high, and he threw 2-seamers. 2-seamers are harder to control, will naturally tail in, and oftentimes up.

      Pitching in and hitting batters are part of the game. No problem there. But this was ridiculous and dangerous on Kennedy's part. And MLB had a great opportunity to really draw a distinction between hitting batters and being dangerous.

      Be nice if the NL pitchers made it policy to put Kennedy on his butt at least once a game.