Sunday, September 21, 2014

Game Wrap 9/21/2014: Padres 8 Giants 2

It was another ugly game for the Giants in Petco Park as once again they allowed the opposing team to score first and it all went downhill from there.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .245.  Crawford stayed hot, about the only batter in the Giants lineup you can say that about right now.

Chris Dominguez- 1 for 2, HR(1), BB.  BA= .200.  Well, if you are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle, it makes sense to do with a guy who can run into one once in awhile.  Chris showed off his enormous power potential golfing a 2 run shot off the bricks down the line in LF.  Good for him!  Now, no matter what else happens in his career and life, he can say he hit a HR in MLB.  Gotta think he's earned another start or 2 for the LA series.  Maybe having never seen Kershaw or Greinke before would be a good thing?  Sometimes knowing too much about an opposing pitcher can do more harm than good.

Not saying it was the wrong decision at all, but I still say Gary Brown was the CW guy for the start, either in CF or LF.  The fact he was passed over yet again, I think, tells you all you need to know about how the organization sees him, and it's not a good thing for him.

Ryan Vogelsong- 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.96.  Vogey looked quite good early on. He was done in by some bad fielding by Pablo Sandoval in the 6'th and by bad relief pitching in the same inning.

Erik Cordier- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Easy, easy heat from Cordier who pumped 100 MPH heat like he was playing catch.  He just rocks and throws, boom!  The ball just explodes into the catcher's mitt!  If this guy looks anything like this at all in spring training, Giants better find a way to take him north!

The Loss dropped the Giants to 4.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West eliminating them from serious hope of winning the division.  It also dropped them into a tie with the Pirates for home-field advantage in the Wild Card play-in game.  Unfortunately, the tiebreaker goes to the Pirates for H2H record.  The Giants remain 4.5 games up on the Brewers for the second Wild Card slot.

The Giants now move on the LA to take on the Dodgers with Jake Peavy facing Dan Haren in game 1 tomorrow evening.

16 comments:

  1. Peavy, Bumgarner and Hudson - I like our chances (well, the first 2 games), even better if Pagan is back, to take the series.

    The rest - we have to beat teams with worse records.

    And in any case, have a good last week so we can go into the post season with momentum.

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  2. if the org is not gonna give brown a shot, then they must part ways....this is silly

    while anything can happen in the post, if the giants have to fly out to pittsburg to face an extremely hot bucs team, then its one and done

    very disappointing stretch run

    maybe these guys just wanna play golf

    bacci


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    1. You never know, Bacci. How many of us thought the Giants had a chance to take 3 straight in Cincinnati after losing 2 at home in 2012?

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    2. I will also say this about Brown. He really has not done anything to deserve a shot. I just think under the circumstances, when the alternatives are Juan Perez and Chris Dominguez, it's kind of odd that the Giants keep passing over the former first round draft pick. I think it sends a clear message of how the organization views him. If they don't think he's the best guy to put out there, more power to them. I don't think being a first rounder entitles you to a shot over other players who may give you a better chance to win. I do hope that if Brown is not meeting the Giants expectations, they have made it clear to him what those expectations are, and what they think he needs to do to get there.

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    3. I said the Giants had a chance. Right here, right then. All we needed was a break. Got that break, rampaged.

      I agree with what DrB says about Brown as well.

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  3. Happy for Dominguez, great versatile guy to have in AAA with 3 option years.

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    1. Absolutely! I do not want my comments about Brown to be misunderstood as meaning I don't think Chris Dominguez is any less deserving of a chance than Brownie. Dominguez had a very good season for Fresno.

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    2. Extremely happy for Dominguez.

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  4. Bochy Loves Dingers! I remember the book William"Bill" Neukom gave every prospect about playing the Giant's Way. That's what I think about Dominguez. He is a super utility guy with pop! 3B, 1B, SS, AND OF. G Brown is a defensive outfielder who can't hit or steal bases? Every fan is curious about what GB can do, but Dominguez has more value to the needs of the Giants. A guy who has some slugging percentage!

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    1. Well, there is that rather frightful strikeout rate, but he does run into one once in awhile.

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  5. Sandoval is tanking in the field & plate and this will cost him millions the FA lottery ….

    No way S. can command Pence type $$$$. Pence who never misses a game - who can
    bat anywhere in the order and thrive + who has more hits and higher slugging %.

    Sandoval started out stone cold, then caught fire, and now stumbles in the waning days of the season.
    All in all his #'s are mediocre …

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    1. I really don't think what happens here at the end has any impact of Sandoval's value at all. Some team is going to pay him about 5 years/$100 M.

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    2. Jay, let me give the numbers that matter...1 as in it only takes 1 team to overpay, age 27, 3HR/WS MVP, no other equivalent FA at 3B.

      Panda is getting paid. Stop getting your panties in wad over the miracle of pure FA capitalism. Supply and Demand, baby!

      And who knows he may hit 3 dingers off Kershaw.

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  6. Gary Brown just doesn't have the "It" factor and it shows in the statistics. If you've seen him play, you've seen him cover ground in the outfield, but make silly mistakes on throws to bases, you've seen him get picked off or caught stealing, you've seen a swing that does not look major league.

    I gather winter ball is in store and you never know what might happen there. I suppose there's still some remote chance he could be like a Peter Bourjos.

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    1. I don't think I agree with you here. Maybe you could clarify what the "it factor" is? Do you think Juan Perez and Chris Dominguez have the "it" factor? Joe Panik? I don't think anyone was saying Panik had it this time last year.

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    2. Guys who I can think of who had the "it" factor: Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, maybe Sandoval. Even Bummy didn't really wow anyone when he first came up with his 89 MPH FB. Brandon Belt had the "it" factor and kind of fell on his face for awhile. Brandon Crawford did not have the "it" factor. I would say Panik did not either until he started smacking the ball around, then he did. You don't need to have the "it" factor to help the team.

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