Saturday, May 17, 2014

Game Wrap 5/17/2014: Marlins 5 Giants 0

This game may have hinged on a replay call that went against the Giants in the second inning.  From that point on, they did not appear to be in the game.  Key Lines:

Hector Sanchez- 3 for 3, BB.  BA=  .288.  Sanchez is red hot, hitting .419 over his last 10 games.  His BA stood at .179 on May 2.  Expect to see Bruce Bochy find more creative ways to get him in the lineup.

Brandon Hicks- 0 for 4.  BA= .193.  Hicks has a right to feel snakebit after this one.  With the Giants trailing 1-0, Hector Sanchez on first base and one out, Hicks hit one down the RF line for what looked like it might be an opposite-field HR.  The ball hit about a foot down on the brick wall and Hicks had to settle for a double with Sanchez advancing to 3B.  But wait a minute!  The Marlins appealed the play claiming Hicks missed first base and were denied by the first base ump.  Mike Redmond then asked for a replay.  The replay umps ruled that he had missed the bag, so instead of runners at first and second with 1 out, the Giants were left with a runner at 3B and 2 outs.  On all the replays I saw on TV, I honestly think it was inconclusive and the ump's call should have been upheld.  If he did miss the bag, it was by a millimeter or less.  At that moment, you could really sense the wind go out of the Giants sails.  At no subsequent point did they appear to have any chance of winning this one.  We see one more way instant replay is going to change the game.  Runners are going to have to make darn sure they hit that bag on every turn because if they don't, it will get replayed and they will be out!  Hicks later had a hard hit ball that found a glove.  Just a tough night for Hicks at the plate.

Tim Lincecum- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.74.  A QS, but he got no run support, and nothing that even came close after the replay call went against Hicks.  Timmy pitched well, but was not quite as sharp as in his last start.

The Giants remain 3 games ahead of the Rockies and 4 ahead of the Dodgers as the Rockies lost to the Padres 8-5 and the D'Backs pounded Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 18-7.  I would say that Kershaw is probably not completely healthy.  The Padres and D'Backs are 6 and 10.5 games back respectively.

Ryan Vogelsong tries to salvage a series split tomorrow afternoon against Jacob Turner.


  1. Love that the Dodgers backup catcher, Drew Butera, has had to pitch Twice this week. He's done better than Chris Perez has.

    I can't believe anyone can look at the replays of the Hicks play and say definitively that he did not touch the bag. Even the national tv guys said they couldn't tell.

    1. Unless they have angles in NY they are not talking about, I agree the replay was inconclusive.

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