Saturday, September 28, 2013
Game Wrap 9/27/2013: Giants 7 Padres 3
On a night when Hunter Pence accepted his Willie Mac Award, the dingers were jumping out of AT&T Park with the Giants collecting 3 of them in an easy win. Key Lines:
Gregor Blanco- 3 for 4, 3B, BB. BA= .267. Terrific game for Blanco except that he got thrown out on the basepaths 3 times: Pickoff, out at 2B trying to stretch a single into a double and out at home trying to stretch a triple into a inside-the-park HR.
Tony Abreu- 3 for 5, 3B. BA= .264. Abreu has been hot in September putting himself into the mix for a roster spot next year.
Brandon Belt- 1 for 5, HR(17). BA= .287. This one left the yard in a hurry appearing to come within inches of clearing the RF arcade and becoming a splash hit. Better yet, it was a low-inside pitch that he dropped the bat head on, something we haven't seen enough of in the early stages of his career.
Hunter Pence- 1 for 3, HR(26), BB. BA= .282. Pence was 0 for his last 27 coming into this one. Nice way to break out of hit on the night he was honored.
Juan Perez- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(1). BA= .268. Perez has been hot and earned a mention from Bochy in the State of the Giants presser. He definitely is putting himself in the mix for a roster spot next year.
Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 5.73. Vogey was battling a very tight and inconsistent strike zone, so may well have pitched better than the line indicates. His velocity was a bit better running 88-90 and I saw a couple of 89's in the 6'th inning, so the stamina held up. Sabes made it pretty clear yesterday that Vogey is on the bubble and the pricetag on his option is definitely an issue. Was this game enough to sway the decision in his favor?
Yusmeiro Petit gets one more chance to impress the brass this afternoon facing Eric Stults on Fan Appreciation Day.