Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Game Wrap 7/22/2013:
No no-no for Timmy after Gregor Blanco couldn't quite reach a sinking, slicing flyball down the LF line off the bat off leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo. The Reds proceeded to score at least 1 run in each of the first 7 innings while the Giants bats were quiet against Bronson Arroyo. Key Lines:
Tim Lincecum- 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 4.73. Choo's leadoff double was pure BABIP luck and it looked like Timmy was about to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, but then Todd Frazier crushed one over the head of Andres Torres off the CF wall and the route was on. Timmy was basically throwing batting practice up there.
Bronson Arroyo(Reds)- 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 3.19. Arroyo seems to always give the Giants fits. He's a classic late bloomer whose career has seemed to get generally better with age. He started out at age 18 in the Pirates organization, but did not pitch his first full MBL season until age 27 with Boston. He is durable as heck as he has never had less than 32 starts since 2004. He beats you by keeping his walk rates low and keeping hitters' timing off with a funky leg kick and a 4 pitch mix which he releases from a variety of angles. I have him on my fantasy team and he really helps by adding to the counting stats while maintaining a low WHIP.
With the Loss, the Giants remain in 4'th place now 6 games behind the new NL West division leaders, the Dodgers who crushed the Blue Jays 14-5. The D'Backs lost to the Cubs 4-2 to slip 0.5 games behind the Hated Ones. The 3'rd place Rockies lost to the Marlins 3-1 and are 4 games behind while the Padres topped the BrewCrew 5-3 and remain in last place, 8 games behind the Dodgers.
The Giants are now staring down a double barrel with Barry Zito and Eric Surkamp expected to start the twinbill. Neither of these pitchers inspires much confidence right now in what could be the backbreaker of the season for the Giants.
Speaking of the BrewCrew, Ryan Braun threw in the towel on the PED issue and decided to take his medicine this year with the Brewers in last place. It will be interesting to see what other dominoes fall. The Brewers are already out of it, but there are other players in the hot seat who could impact the outcome of division and wild card races in major ways.