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.


  1. Loved Pence's speech. Go watch it. If that doesn't make you sign him to 4 years/60M, then the FA market will. 25/22/162 ain't growing on trees folks.

    Giants need to get over this pride thing and learn when to strategically tank. For the love god and a top 10 ten pick in a lost season, just jump in. Join the Pads, Rocks and other hopeless teams. Stop winning!

    Wonder how Madbum feels about the 199 SO and being shutdown for Zito Fan Appreciation Daze?

    1. This draft is very deep, so I'm not worried about the Giants getting a good pick in the upper teens. The main reason for tanking to get a top 10 would be to preserve the option of signing a QO FA without losing the #1. Sabes pretty much threw cold water on the FA market yesterday, so maybe signing a Choo or Ellsbury was never in the cards anyway.

      My prediction for the Pence deal: 6/90! Sabes always goes 1-2 years too long and worries about the back end of the contract later.

    2. Wow. Giants resign Pence at 5/90mil. I love having him back but price seems a little high.

    3. Yeah, it's a tad high, but that's the market. He's been remarkably consistent over the course of his career, keeps himself in trememdous shape. He should be productive for the full 5 years of the deal.

  2. Giants are going to have to overpay to keep Pence. Perez can play both OF and INF so I think he would be a good add to the bench next year. I think Roger K is done as a Giant, kid didn't really step up.