Saturday, April 26, 2014

Game Wrap 4/26/2014: Giants 5 Indians 3

The Giants offense came to life in the middle innings after a cold start and the bullpen threw 4.1 innings of hitless shutout ball in relief of Tim Lincecum.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan-  1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .337.  Pagan stays hot and continues to drive in runs from the top of the order. 

Hunter Pence- 1 for 4.  BA= .250.  Pence's lone hit drove in 2 runs to cap the 4 run rally in the 5'th that put the Giants ahead to stay.

Buster Posey- 1 for 3, HR(5), HBP.  BA= .224.  Buster's HR was an insurance run in the 6'th.  Hopefully it's a harbinger of a bigger breakout.

Gregor Blanco- 1 for 1, SB(1).  BA= .129.  Blanco has had a rough start to the season, but has done some good things of late.  He was right in the middle of the 4 run rally driving in a run and scoring the go-ahead run in a PH role.

Tim Lincecum- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 8/1, 98 Pitches. ERA= 5.96. Timmy threw 98 pitches and fell 1 out short of being credited with the W. He did manage to keep the game from getting out of hand while McAllister was dominating through the first 4 innings.

Jean Machi- 1.2 IP, 0 H 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.84. You can say this about several players, but where would the Giants be without Machi? Another role player Sabes found on the scrap heap.

Jeremy Affeldt- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. ERA= 0.00. Affeldt had a terrible season last year and looked worse in Spring Training, even before he hurt his knee. Not sure what he did during his DL stint that didn't happen all offseason, but he seems to be back in top form. He is especially valuable against a team like Cleveland who can stack their lineup with LH batters.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(6). ERA= 2.70. With all the turnover in closers around baseball, Romo has become one of the more reliable ones. He is setting himself up for a nice payday this coming offseason. The question is if it will be with the Giants.

The Giants improve their record to 14-10 with the W and remain in first place in the NL West no matter what happens between the Rockies and Dodgers. One of those teams will finish the night 0.5 games out in 2'nd place and the other 1.5 games out in 3'rd. The Padres lost to the Nationals 4-0 to fall 3 games back in 4'th place. The last place D'Backs try for their 4'th win in a row.

Ryan Vogelson tries to recover from his last disastrous start to complete the sweep facing another pitcher who has had is early season struggles, Danny Salazar tomorrow afternoon.


  1. Giants need to knuckle down and get a series sweep already. Third try right?

    D-backs ended their mini winning streak in style tonight.

    About time we start winning at home. If the Giants want to go places this year, they have to win at home. 2 out of every 3, none of this 50-50 stuff.

  2. That was a nice come from behind win! Good to see Buster hit a big fly, painful to watch when he struggles.

    Gritty AB by Crawford to setup the big 5th inning..

    Belt is starting to drive me crazy, how many times in a row has he struck out with a runner in scoring position and nobody out? A ground ball to the right side scores a run in the 1st inning..

    Although Romo got the save, the real save was Gutierrez striking out Gomes with the bases juiced in the 5th inning.. Nice to have a reliever who can come in with 95 MPH heat in that situation. Nice job of scouting picking him up from the scrap heap.

    Hopefully Timmy and Vogie can start pitching deeper into games win or lose otherwise the bullpen could get overused in the long run.. Timmy only has 1 QS out of 5 and has pitched only 25 innings in his 5 starts..

    Lets get the sweep tomorrow!


    1. So far, we are winning with offense, bullpen and a little over half of good rotation.

      It feels quite different from how we played just 2 or 3 years ago.

  3. Remember also, it was Morse who started the fire. Stay healthy please.

    Richard in Winnipeg

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