Sunday, July 20, 2014
Game Wrap 7/19/2014: Giants 5 Marlins 3
Pablo Sandoval started 2 Giants rallies and Tim Hudson had an efficient start as the Giants overcame the loss of Brandon Belt to an apparent concussion. Key Lines:
Hunter Pence- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .297. Pence's 2 run single with 2 outs in the 4'th inning capped a 3 run rally that was the difference in the game.
Pablo Sandoval- 3 for 4, 2B. BA= .280. Sandoval started both rallies with leadoff hits. Pabs is hitting .405 over his last 10 games, .362 for the month of July and .320 since April. The Giants are in first place in the NL West. Anyone out there still want to trade him?
Brandon Belt- 1 for 1, 2B. BA= .242. Belt was hit in the face with a ball during fielding practice when a miscommunication resulted in 2 balls being thrown his way at the same time. He was evaluated before the start of the game. He started and doubled in Pabs in the 2'nd inning, then scored on a passed ball and throwing error by Jarrod Saltalamaccia. He almost got hit by that errant throw! Belt then complained of dizziness and came out of the game. He was reportedly not doing so hot on the concussion tests in the clubhouse and is expected to miss some games. It's been a tough season physically for The Baby Giraffe.
Gregor Blanco- 2 for 3, BB. BA= .230. Blanco has a game hit streak in which he is hitting .368. For some reason, he just seems to do better down in the lineup where getting on base often goes for naught. He has scored just 1 run in those 6 games with 0 RBI's.
Tim Hudson- 7.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/2. ERA= 2.78. Huddy threw just 81 pitches in the game. Bochy seems to be trying to save his starters for the Dog Days ahead so he is pulling them in the 80+ pitch range if they are deep in the game.
Sergio Romo- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K. ERA= 5.26. Romo gave up a 2 run bomb to Giancarlo. Bochy went and got him for Casilla. As Romo was leaving the mound, Bochy called him back and said something. Bochy's explanation is he called him back to tell him he would have left him but Casilla needed work. I'm going to assume Bochy is telling the truth here, but his actions spoke much louder than his words. The game was now in a Save situation and the Closer gets the Save Opportunities. Bochy was telling both Romo and Casilla that Casilla is THE Closer.
Santiago Casilla- 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(5). ERA= 1.01. Giving up a leadoff hit in your Save Opportunity is not how it's drawn up, but Casilla got the Save.
The Win allowed the Giants to extend their lead in the NL West to 1 game over the Dodgers as the Hated Ones lost to the Cardinals 4-2 in St Louis.
Tim Lincecum tries for a series sweep facing lefty Brad Hand.