Sunday, August 31, 2014

Game Wrap 8/31/2014: Giants 15 Brewers 5

One common complaint you hear about the Giants is that they can't beat a team with a winning record(although ogc recently refuted that notion showing that the Giants actually have played winning teams about even and have something like the 3'rd best record in baseball against winning teams).  Anyway, the Milwaukee Brewers most definitely have a winning record, and left AT&T Park today with their tails between their legs, so to speak, after a resounding 3 game sweep to the Giants.  Key Lines(We could feature pretty much the entire Giants lineup plus some subs, but we'll limit it to the truly standout performances):

Hunter Pence- 4 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .291.  Giants hitters played pepper with the CF and R-CF walls in this one and Pence certainly got his licks in.  He also got nailed by an errant foul shot by Joe Panik while Pence was standing in the on-deck circle, but he appeared to be unhurt.

Pablo Sandoval- 3 for 4, 3B, HR(15).  BA= .291.  Pablo keeps his drive for a .300 BA alive.

Andrew Susac- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .267.  Susac came into the game with something like a .225 BA.  Oh man!  Does this kid have a sweet swing or what?  And with power to boot!

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.97.   This is what an off day looks like for Bumgarner nowadays.  96 pitches in 6 innings.  With a 7-1 lead, Bochy wasn't going to tire him out.  Fortunately the Giants scored another 7 runs in the bottom of the 7'th to make the relative ineffectiveness of the bullpen a moot issue.

Tim Lincecum- 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.70.  Timmy had reportedly been working on simplifying his delivery and getting his command in order.  He looked like the same old Timmy we've been seeing lately today.  Not an outing that is going to win him back his rotation spot or a bigger bullpen role anytime soon.

The Win allowed the Giants to remain 2.5 games behind the Dodgers who beat the Padres 7-1.  The Cardinals and Braves both won so the Giants remain 1 and 2.5 games ahead of them respectively.  The Pirates lost and fall 3 games off the Giants first Wild Card pace.

The Giants now travel to Colorado for a 3 game series against the Rockies but first of all they will resume a suspended game from May with pitchers to be announced.  Several players who were in that game are now no longer with their respective teams or are on the DL.  In the regularly scheduled game,  Tim Hudson faced Franklin Morales.  Huddy has had his problems in Coors Field throughout his career.


  1. Now that was a nice-n-easy Game Wrap to write up, eh, DocB!

    Timmy coughed up another fur ball...

    Suddenly, the Giants lineup looks long, fast and powerful. The starters put up six DOM starts in a row. Carry this thru September and the Giants are in the playoffs. Division winner?

    This is fun!

  2. Apparently Sept call-ups include Chris Dominguez along with such guys you would expect as Perez, Quiroz, Strickland, and Kickham.

    1. And Brown I believe.

    2. Not yet. So far just those five.

  3. Sweet sweep!!! Let's do it again on Denver!

    Quick question: didn't rosters used to expand in September to 40? Or is it simply old age that has sapped my memory. Either way, here's to the farm kids helping the big club Beat LA and take the NL West Title. Stay hot, my friends!


  4. Hopefully they get Darren Ford up so we can repeat 2010. Good juju.

    The Giants just kicked the hell out of a "winning team" - I hope the Giants "fans" who spout off regular can manage to sleep through the night without their head exploding.

    And the kids... Got your nuclear wasteland right here. You listening Grant Brisbee, Chris Quick and your merry band of moaners?

    1. I would hope that "nuclear wasteland" comment haunts somebody for a good long time. Sheesh!

    2. Same site yesterday referred to the Giants' trading away "two of their few remaining prospects" for Peavy. (Grant himself, here.).

    3. I told a couple senior commentators to go root for the Padres and haven't checked back in a month. I imagine there is a lot of hand wringing to go along with inane "analysis".

      I hope that nuclear wasteland comment haunts for a good long time as well.