Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Game Wrap 7/30/2014: Giants 7 Pirates 5

Tim Lincecum got tagged for 5 runs in just 3.1 IP, but the offense produced some runs and the bullpen shut it down for the final 5.2 innings.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 3, 2 BB, E(16).  BA= .234.  I like Crawford in the 2 hole.  He sees a lot of pitches, can pull the ball through the hole when there is a runner on first, or he can take an opposite field approach on a hit and run.  16 errors by this point in the season is a lot, even for a SS.

Joe Panik- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .214.  It doesn't look like much, but is sure beats what we were getting from Uggla.  Panik scored a run and drove one in so his contribution was the difference in the game!

Gregor Blanco- 3 for 3, HBP.  BA= .245.  I think it is safe to say that Blanco is more comfortable hitting down in the lineup.

Andrew Susac- 1 for 4.  BA= .125.  Susac's second game in a row behind the plate.  Once again, Buster Posey is not Tim Lincecum's catcher.  Not sure if Susac's inexperience or Timmy's comfort with Hector Sanchez had anything to do with Lincecum's subpar start.

Bullpen- 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.    The bullpen shut it down!  This bullpen can definitely win a game for you that appears to be lost.

The Win put the Giants up by 0.5 games on the Pirates and Cardinals for the second Wild Card playoff spot and 0.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the first WC spot pending the outcome of the Braves game with the Dodgers.  The Giants also now trail the Dodgers by 2.5 games in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodger's game with a Braves.

The Giants now get a day off before starting a 10 game road trip with Ryan Vogelsong facing Jonathan Niese of the Mets on Friday night.  That will be after the non-waiver trade deadline has passed.

The Giants made a roster move today optioning Tyler Colvin(I didn't know he had an option) to Fresno.  Earlier in the day, they were rumored to have released Dan Uggla, but no official move has been made as of this post.  They will need a roster spot soon for Brandon Belt, but you have to think this move and the rumored release of Uggla are tied to possible deadline trades.

The Giants also released Dan Runzler so he could sign a contract in Japan.


  1. i gotta say....if the giants dont make the post, i would rather see the kids play then guys like uggla....wont miss him a bit

    happy for runzler....let him make a little bit of money....

    giants get lucky....wont have to face wheeler, who has been pitching very well of late


  2. It looked like spacey Timmy to me, I watched the game off and on today. I wouldn't blame the rook for anything, they did get crossed up a couple times. But Timmy hung the pitches that went for HRs, and he walked the pitcher to make it a 2 run instead of a solo. And Bochy let him swing away with the bases loaded and one out to predictable results. Bochy has been off a lot this year. A lot. He needs to snap to attention, we're in the stretch now, wins are precious.