Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Game Wrap 6/26/2013: Dodgers 4 Giants 2

Tim Lincecum hung tough against Clayton Kershaw for 5 innings, but folded in a 3 run 6'th, while Clayton Kershaw was lights out against everybody but Buster Posey.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 3 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .314

Tim Lincecum- 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.64.  Timmy looked strong in the first couple of innings with a fastball that reached 93 MPH.  His command was still shaky. He was getting some swings and misses at the changeup.  I did not see the middle innings of the game including the 6'th where he gave up the 3 spot.

With the Loss, the Giants remained in 4'th place, 3.5 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who lost to the Nationals 3-2.  The Padres sit in 2'nd place, 2.5 games out pending the outcome of their game with the Phillies.  The Rockies lost to the BoSox to remain 3 games out in 3'rd place.  The Last Place Dodgers gained a game on the division to 6 games out.

The Giants get tomorrow off to regroup from the sweep in LA before facing the Rockies in Coors Field Friday night with Barry Zito facing Jhoulys Chacin.

As bad as the Giants are playing right now, the rest of the division has not buried them.  If they can get through the next 6 games of the road trip and be still within hailing distance, they might be able to regroup in July with Gaudin and hopefully Cassilla coming back.


  1. Hopefully this is a sign that Superman (Posey) is waking up and ready to take us up the division on his back. July just seems to bring the Superman out of him and he starts bashing balls everywhere.

    I hope so, the team can use some sort of boost.

    But one man can only do so much. Puig himself has hit great, but LA only passed .500 with Puig in the game with this series.

    Need the starting pitching to take over.

  2. I hate that the Bums swept the series, the frustrating part is all the games were close. Don't understand why all the trade interest in Ricky Nolasco. He is a solid starting pitcher, but not a difference maker. Let the Bums have him..

    Hector had a rough 6th inning defensively. Ramirez is a good base stealer, but not getting Ethier hurt. Hector needs to improve defensively to solidify his future at catcher. Not sure if I rather see Quiroz or Hector as the #2 backup catcher.

    Maybe Timmy's future is in the bullpen. Too bad the Giants don't have a replacement in the rotation. His stuff looks good enough where he could do well there.

    The Futures Game peaked my interest when I saw my man Kolten Wong and Kyle Crick on the roster. Hopefully this turns around in Colorado. You never know..


  3. Timmy got babip'd a bit early, and then got hit well later. Hector Sanchez had a miserable 6th inning. I don't think the Giants have anything to lose short term or long term by sending Timmy to the pen at this point. He can be a major weapon there. He has nice velocity, and it might help get his head straight to attack the order once through 2 out of 5 instead of trying to conserve 1 out of 5. I know the stats are not bad, but I'm watching these games and I just see a guy who doesn't believe in his stuff right now. You put him in the pen, you put a chip on his shoulder.

    The most frustrating thing about losing 6 out of 7 is they were all winnable, to the bitter end most of the games. Giants are not getting the breaks, they're getting paper cut all the time, but they are also sleepwalking. That's a dangerous combination. That will swing back though, the balls dropping part.

    Not a fan of having Pence/Panda back to back. Need a OBP guy in between the hackers. I'm sorry, Panda looks like hell to me. I hate to criticize a home grown amazing talent, but I'm really starting to think he needs to be the trade bait, not the big pieces on the farm. Send him, Gary Brown & Hembree and one of our lefties to the ChiSox for Peavy, Rios and Jesse Crain. He's basically almost getting to AL ball, he'll be there in 2 years for sure with FA. Challenge trade. Preserve most the farm, do something big. That's my idea anyways.

    1. I agree on Pablo. I read the stories about him getting in better shape while he was on the DL. Well, you could sure fool me. He doesn't just look fat, he looks soft and doughy. I mean even more than he has in the past. Right now, he literally looks like a giants marshmallow rolling around out there. I'm not sure he would fetch very much in a trade right now, he looks so bad. Definitely no long term contracts with this guy!

    2. Some people eat more (than their usual 'a lot') when depressed or under pressure.

      Maybe we should just let him be... Who knows.

      There are times you know a team would just lose - right now, things are not going well...perhaps players are pressing, confidence may be lacking, everyone trying more than what is natural to him thus making things worse... In sum, everything not included in stats may be out of kilter right now.

      Another thing funny about humans is that we need to be able to visualize how we can get out of whatever we want to get out of. We have to be able to visualize how to get from here to a solid starting rotation...

    3. Somehow, I have to believe Pablo's weight problems run deeper than depression or being under pressure. He has a certain body type, for sure. It takes a lot more discipline and work for him to keep the weight off and in shape than the average person. Not sure that type if sustained discipline is something he is capable of.

  4. I'm glad I wasn't the only one feeling that way... I had heard the reports of him losing weight during his time off. There was a video of his first homer down in SJ, (where he lunged at the ball, flipped his bat out and still managed to punch it out) I nearly fell over as I saw him rounding the bases. It's too bad really. Unless he can get on another tear like he had the first 6 weeks of the season, it'll be another letdown year for the old Panda.