Saturday, June 8, 2013

Game Wrap 6/8/2013: Giants 10 D'Backs 5

The Giants offense took their frustrations from Friday night out on Trevor Cahill and the D'Backs to overcome a subpar pitching performance by Madison Bumgarner and the bullpen.  Key lines:

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 5, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .265. Some nice leadoff work from Blanco.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .300.  A day at the office for Buster.

Pablo Sandoval- 1 for 2.  BA= .289.  Pablo came out of this one with a strained foot.  Stay tuned.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(10), 2 SB(12).  BA= .288.  Pence is well on his way to a 20/20 season.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 5.  BA= .251.  Belt's BA had been drifting down over the last several games.  This turned that around.

Brandon Crawford- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .292.  The Brandons go a combined 7 for 10 in this one.

Madison Bumgarner- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.58.

Jean Machi- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.37.  I would trust Machi over Affeldt against Goldschmidt in a high leverage AB.

With the Win, the Giants gained a game on the NL West leading D'Backs to get back to 2.5 games behind.  The Rockies lost to the Padres 4-2 to slip into a tie for 2'nd place with the Giants.  The Padres gained a game to a 6 game deficit in 4'th place.  The Dodgers lost to ATL 2-1 to remain 7.5 games behind the leaders.

Chad Gaudin tries for a series win tomorrow facing Tyler Skaggs.


  1. I'm wondering if the poor outing tonight will cause them to send down Ramirez and callup Hembree.. That's the way to come back from a tough loss.


    1. Last night, watching an easy game get threatened, I was ready to say "Dan Runzler" - if we're not going to throw strikes, lets at least be entertaining and flash some great stuff.

      Could not agree more, RamRam looks lost. Dunning or Hembree sounds good to me.

  2. Not sure it us air to call this a bad outing by Bum. He was pretty nails through 5, but the offense was out on the field so much (bum included) that it is hard to keep concentration. I would say RamRam had the bad outing, not Bum.

    1. Is fair to say Bum looked pretty good in the innings I saw him pitch, until the 6th where he got squared up good.

      Hey, the Giants didn't give up any HRs. Baggs put up the stat that we only have 5 OF assists, Cargo has 7. Well... Its kind of hard to assist when you're constantly watching balls fly over the wall.

    2. Bum was a bit gassed after running the bases in the top of the 6th and scoring from second on a single. My thought when Arias came up was - this guy is a pro and he knows to take a few pitches, work the count and at least let Bum catch his breath - so what does Arias do - swings at the first pitch and fouls it off (it looked high and should have been taken regardless) and then he fails to work the count at all and makes the 3rd out on 3 pitches. Bum barely catches his breath and it showed when he went out to pitch the bottom of the 6th. Arias was a major fail in that at bat.

  3. Hembree has been having mediocre results in AAA, though. He has been scored upon in four games out of his last ten, pitching one inning in eight of those games, so he isn't really proving sufficiently reliable. Jake Dunning, who is on the 40-man, has been considerably better, with a 1.50 ERA. But I agree with LG that Ramirez ought to disappear from the roster.

  4. first rule of pitching, in order to have a long career

    only work as hard as you need to

    giants were up 9-0 before maddy and the guys gave up anything....this wasnt a sub par performance by anyone...this was guys pacing themselves in a crappy place to pitch

    hey campanari....era in the pcl dont mean squat....getting scored on in the pcl dont mean squat

    peripherals matter

    dunning is throwing much better this season than he did last, doesnt mean he has a higher ceiling then hembree.

    irritates me to come here and see the same posts i can see on the merc and that giants board

    next we will have people here saying that brown is a bust and giants farm system blows and why cant the giants system be more like the cards and why cant sabey sabes sign a super cuban like the bums did

    if you guys didnt hear the news...last night, donnie baseball made it pretty clear that he wants to get fired, as he used kershaw to pinch run.

    what a maroon


    1. Well, off and on we've been discussing Hembree/Dunning Bacc, so there is basis for "who gets called up first" discussions.

      I recently comped the Gints and Cards systems! Guess who won out in more of the drafts in the past 10 years?

      Donnie Baseball's employment seems to be firmly in the hands of a Cuban hothead. Lets see what happens when the hot start turns south.

    2. Thanks, Shank, for apprising breezy B that Hembree/Dunning's been an ongoing discussion here. Tho B snorts that periphs make all the diffs in the PCL, while runs and ERA don't mean squat, he never bothers citing any stats at all. That leaves me to wonder which he is thinking about, since Dunning's and Hembree's peripherals look to me like pretty much of a muchness, except that Dunning has a distinctly higher GO/AO rate. But rather than respond to B's non-argument, I'd say instead that it's irrelevant whether Dunning or Hembree has a higher ceiling, isn't it, since we're thinking about who will better help the Giants right now, in filling the relief role that Ramon Ramirez right now is failing to handle adequately. Who has, right now, greater game-by-game reliability in keeping runs from scoring? That's what means squat to this here and now team.

    3. Bacci, Calm down, man! The Giants pitching gave up 5 runs, right? Bummy lasted 5 innings and gave up 3, right? OK, maybe there are mitigating circumstances, but it was a subpar pitching performance. The Game was won by the offense, and that's OK.

      I'm not saying Brown is a bust, but I'm very worried about him. Seems like there has to be some off-field issue getting to him because he ain't the same player who starred for San Jose. As for the farm system as a whole, I don't think anyone is saying it blows.

      Between Dunning and Hembree, Hembree has the higher ceiling, but Dunning may be more ready for the show.