Saturday, June 7, 2014

Game Wrap 6/7/2014: Giants 5 Mets 4

Wow!  Just wow!  The Giants rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the 9'th for a come-from-behind walk-off win that left the crowd at AT&T Park in a state of delirious ecstasy.  Michael Morse delivered the winning hit, a single to RF that brought Hunter Pence across the plate.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 3 for 5.  BA= .323.  Pagan continues to lead the way from his leadoff position in the lineup.  MVP of the team in my  book.

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .293.  Pence was right in the middle of this one as his double in the 9'th drove in the tying run and he came on in to score the winner on Morse's hit.

Michael Morse- 1 for 5.  BA= .283.  Morse can look bad all game, but then come back and hit game winners.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4.  BA= .244.  Crawford stays hot.

Tim Hudson- 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.97.  Not Huddy's best game here.

Juan Gutierrez, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt- 1 IP, 0 R each.  In addition to Morse who had the walk-off game winner, this game belongs to these 3 bullpen guys who shut it down over the last 3 innings.

The Win, coupled with the Despicable Dodgers 5-4 loss to the Rockies in 10 innings bumps up the Giants lead in the NL West to 9.5 games over the Hated Ones.  The Reeling Rockies managed to stabilize at 11.5 games back.  The Pathetic Padres and Desperate D'Backs both won to make it 4 walk-off wins in the NL West.   They remain 13 and 15 games behind the Giants respectively.

Tim Lincecum tries for a series sweep facing Zack Wheeler tomorrow afternoon.


  1. amazing win, that would not have been possible without the hustle of pagan and pence and the vet pitching of hudson

    hudson had no control (and wasnt helped at all by west behind the plate) and yet, he battled and kept the team in the game

    here is bob nightengale's take on the bums

    have a feeling that bochy is gonna rest buster, angel and maybe pablo, in prep for the nats 4 game series as giants dont get a day off for the rest of the week

    amazing to watch the team of ifs become a possible team of destiny

    stanford won today to force a game 3 vs vandy

    uci swept oklahoma

    have a feeling that uci is gonna make it to the final....they have great pitching


    1. Joe West has to be one of the worst umps in all of baseball. Why that guy gets to keep on bullying his way through terrible umpiring is beyond me. He's the poster child for electronic ball-strike calls.

  2. With this team, I ain't leaving until the final out is made. No matter what my wife, kids or dog says.

    The Mets must have thought they won this game multiple times over, but they didn't.

    Huddy did what Timmy could not this week, started to crap the bed, but made it to the toilet in time. Hopefully Timmy learns to keep his team in it.

    Maybe there is no such thing as clutch, maybe Pagan and the Giants have found the Higgs-Boson particle inside a baseball. Maybe, just maybe, 24 Willie Mays Plaza is a giant cyclotron fueled by 41,296 fans. Because together, we are creating miracles.

  3. This was an interesting article that I didn't see day of because of the draft. Clutchiness? Didn't see that mentioned about the Cards when F/G did an article on their high BABIP last July, but that's OK.

    I have a theory it has a lot to do with Morse. When you know you can come back in the game by hitting home runs, hitters start to relax. There's been so much spewed about the Giants and their hitting coaches, philosophies in the past 5 years, sometimes it gets a bit heated. But I do think it comes back to looking for your pitch, and pressing when the runs aren't easy to come by.

    Hicks and Morse have been incredibly solid pickups, and Tyler Colvin ain't too shabby either.

    1. Morse himself says it's all about trusting the guy behind you and his performance at the plate is what makes that possible. It's just a really long lineup!

    2. Plus knowing that your D and starters/bullpen will keep you in every game and lock it down when you get the lead.

  4. You have a feeling that this team can be special.

    Trusting teammates, no prima donnas, team chemistry, leadership......

    1. There are a number of useful comments on the fangraphs article that Shankbone helpfully references above, some of them referring to the intangibles (relaxing, trusting, chemistry) that sabrs scorn, but that a great variety of people who play this sport and others that seem quite dissimilar (pool, for example) keep mentioning. Analogously, businesses pay lots of money to cultivate successful corporate cultures for high productivity. It's possible that there is an enormous amount of self-deception among athletes and business execs, but it seems more likely that sabermetricians want to exalt apparently hard data and to blind themselves--through the trust and leadership of sites like fangraphs and MCC--to what might diminish the value of those data.