Monday, September 15, 2014

Game Wrap 9/15/2014: D'Backs 6 Giants 2

Ryan Vogelsong served up a grand slam HR to Mark Trumbo in the 3'rd inning.  That was the difference in this ballgame.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .308.  2-Hit Joe.

Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .284.  The single was a rocket off the RF fence that missed being a HR by about a foot.  Pabs also got hung up at 2B on a sharp single down the LF line by Arias and could only get to 3B.  Baggs thought Pabs might have been not moving so well on the bases, but both of those situations were very understandable.

Joaquin Arias- 3 for 3.  BA= .261.  Arias remains one of the hottest hitters on the team.

Juan Perez- 0 for 5.  BA= .177.  Perez replaced Pagan in CF and in the leadoff spot because Pagan's back was barking.  Perez set the tone of the game early when he flied out to RF on the first pitch of the game from Wade Miley.  I have no idea if Gary Brown would have been any better, but do we really need to see more of Juan Perez.  I mean, lightning in a bottle and all that.  Why not give Gary Brown a shot in a situation like that?

Ryan Vogelsong- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.98.  Vogey appeared to be cruising in the bottom of the 3'rd inning and it started innocently enough with a couple of BABIP singles.  A Wild Pitch and a walk loaded the bases with 2 outs.  Vogey backed Trumbo up a tad with a pitch in the hands, then tried to hit the outside corner.  He caught too much of the plate and Trumbo rode it on out to right-center and the ballgame was effectively over right there.  You just knew it too.

Erik Cordier- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Hey!  I got to see Cordier hit 100 MPH on TV! Seems like the Giants need to find a way to get both Cordier and Strickland onto the team next year.  I mean, there are only so many triple digit FB's in an arm and you need to take advantage of them while you can!

The loss dropped the Giants 4 games off the pace of the NL West leading Dodgers and cut their lead over the Pirates to 2.5 games in the race for home-field advantage in the Wild Card game.  Their lead over the Brewers for the second Wild Card slot is 4 games.

Jake Peavy tries to put a stop to the losing streak tomorrow facing Josh "Tomahawk Boy" Collmenter.


  1. Fun fact: Juan Perez has 10 walks in his major league career. And 133 in 2695 career minor league PAs. Sticking him in the leadoff spot is ignoring a gigantic swatch of data. I agree completely, might as well look for lightning in the bottle with Downtown Gary Brown.

    With the Giants fielding one of the oldest pens with the least velocity in the game, its nice to have a change of pace with Strickland and Cordier.

    Need Peavy to come up big and the offense to wake up. Getting cold at the wrong time. Doesn't Sandoval know the difference between getting hot now could be an extra two years and 40MM?

  2. Its strange to think about the Giants having a deficit at starting pitching, but that is my biggest concern if/when they make the post season. I have confidence in Bumgarner, but no one else fills me with confidence right now. Peavy is probably our number two guy right now (?). I don't really know what to expect from anyone else. Vogey looks like he is missing his spots. Nothing is sinking for Hudson. Petit might be the #3 in a playoff rotation right now.

    Its also strange to think about it, but we might see a playoff roster without Belt or Lincecum.

  3. I'm not sure that there was a more stupid thing for Bochy to do than putting Perez in the lead off spot. Pence would have been better up there, many other guys would have been better, but oh no, can put guys in slightly different places to avoid the WORST batter in the LINEUP GETTING THE MOST AT BATS! That said the Giant's barely beat Miely last time, so this wasn't a big surprise and hopefully the last loss in a while.