Sunday, June 30, 2013
Game Wrap 6/30/2013: Giants 5 Rockies 2
The Giants got HR's from Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, a few breaks which they haven't been getting lately and a terrific pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner to break a losing streak in the middle of a tough road trip. Key Lines:
Tony Abreu- 3 for 5, 2 2B. BA= .325. The Giants patience with Tony Abreu is starting to pay off. The talent has always been there.
Buster Posey- 1 for 4, HR(12), BB. BA= .322. Not much to say about Buster that has not already been said. Nice for him to get some help today.
Hunter Pence- 2 for 5, HR(13). BA= .284. Pence has been slumping and that hole in the lineup has been huge. Hope this is the start of better games.
Juan Perez- 1 for 3, 2 BB. BA= .256. Nice little game for Juan Perez. In addition to getting on base 3 times, he motored around to score from first on Quiroz' popup that fell in with 2 outs in the 7'th inning. Love watching Flannery run down the line with him then peel off back to his coaching box when he sees the safe call.
Quillermo Quiroz- 2 for 5. BA= .196. Quiroz had something like a 13 pitch AB on a single to RF and then the luck on the popup that drove in Perez. At this point, it seems like Bochy sees him as a better defensive option than Hector.
Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 12/1. ERA= 3.08. Bumgarner was in command the whole way. The difference between him and Matt Cain yesterday is the run support Bummy got today.
The Win enabled the Giants to gain a game on the NL West leading D'Backs and now trail them by 3 games, although they remain in 4'th place. The D'Backs lost to the Braves again 6-2. The Rockies remain 2 games behind in 2'nd place. The Padres lost again to the Marlins 6-2 to remain in 3'rd place, 2.5 games out. The Last Place Dodgers beat the Phils 6-1 and are now just 4 games out of first place in a very congested NL West division race.
The Giants now travel to Cincinnati to play a 4 game series against the Reds in Great American Ballpark, a place that has not been historically friendly to the Giants. Mike Kickham gets the first game tomorrow evening facing Bronson Arroyo.