Sunday, September 15, 2013

Game Wrap 9/15/2013: Giants 4 Dodgers 3

The Giants used two more longballs from Hunter Pence and another by Brett Pill to defeat a makeshift Dodger squad in Chavez Ravine to complete a 4 game series win that could easily have been a sweep.  Key Lines:

Brett Pill- 1 for 1, HR(3).  BA= .231.  Pill's shot was the go-ahead run and ultimately the game winner.  He's playing for a utility spot on next year's roster.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 3, 2 HR(25), BB.  BA= .295.  The Rev continues his torrid September, and what a drive for a contract.  That is the one downside to all this from the Giants perspective.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 5.73.  A couple more games like this should sew up a pickup of his option for next year.  If the $6+ M on the option is an issue, then the Giants aren't in this to compete with the Dodgers anyway.  The 3 runs all came in one inning, the 5'th and it was a BABIP job all the way.  The big blow was a tomahawk hack by Adrian Gonzalez on a 90 MPH FB up and in about shoulder level that hugged the 1B line.  Of course, when you only strike out 2 batters in 6 innings, you leave yourself at the mercy of the BABIP gods.

Machi, Casilla and Romo brought it home with Romo picking up his 35'th Save.  I would expect all 3 back next year.

The Giants now have a day off to travel to New York for 3 against the Mets and then another 3 against the Yankees.  Should be interesting!  First matchup of the Mets series is Petit vs Wheeler.

1 comment:

  1. AB's like the one Pill had yesterday are the exact reason why he should be one of 25 men on the Opening Day roster next spring. Power on the bench is something we have lacked for a while, and Pill seems to be having better AB's lately, although he still plays only sparingly. I know he was something like 1-22 as a pinch-hitter before that HR yesterday, but he seems to have some of his biggest hits against the Dodgers (HR vs Kershaw last year, 2-run single vs Kershaw the other night, HR yesterday). If we can't find a spot for him on the bench, someone else will...