Friday, April 10, 2015

Game Wrap 4/10/2015: Padres 1 Giants 0

The Pesky Padres turned the tables on the Giants tonight turning another pitching duel into a 1-0 win.  Key Lines

Tim Lincecum- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Timmy seems to always pitch well against the Padres, but he really looked good tonight.  The velocity was sub 90, but he had good command with strong secondary pitches.  The silver lining of this game is this may be a sign that Timmy is primed to have a strong season.

Jeremy Affeldt- 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.40.  When Affeldt lost PH Clint Barmes at the bottom of the order to a 1 out walk, you had to be thinking this was not going to end well.   Myers then hit one off the RF wall that might have been catchable for Blanco, but probably not.  The Padres sent Barmes home. He would have been out quite easily with a good relay throw, but Panik ran it up the line.  Sanchez tried to make a simultaneous catch and swipe tag and nearly got his arm ripped off for his  trouble.  Of course, the Padres had Kimbrel warming up in the bullpen and you knew it was over.

Yusmeiro Petit- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.   I really thought Petit should have come in to start the 8'th.  He has not been used much.  The game looked a lot like yesterday's 12 inning affair.  The rest of the bullpen has been used a lot.  Petit has been sensational in similar roles.  I just thought it was Petit time.

Brandon Morrow(Padres)- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Almost identical line to his old college rival Lincecum.  Morrow had sensational stuff sitting at 93-96 with the FB and a hellacious biting breaking ball.  It helped to have an ump with a ridiculously big K zone, the that helped Timmy too.  I mean, talk about the lowering of the strike zone.  The ump was calling fastballs at the shoe tops strikes and was giving at least 2 inches on either side of the plate, except when he wasn't.  Now sure why MLB can't crack down on umps who consistently don't call a regulation strike zone.

The Loss dropped the Giants 1.5 games behind the NL West leading Colorado Rockies who topped the Cubbies 5-1.  The Giants did remain in second place with a 3-2 record.  The Dodgers lost to the D'Backs 5-4 in 10 innings to drop their record to 2-2 in a 3'rd place tie with the Snakes.  The Dodgers bullpen is still a mess with Kenley Jansen still out after foot surgery.  The Padres improved their record to 2-3 but remain in last place.

Madison Bumgarner faces James Shields in a rematch of World Series starters tomorrow evening.

1 comment:

  1. Can't believe I'm the first to post in this thread, but... Tim Lincecum!!!

    I didn't see the game, need to watch the highlights.... Bit this is not the Padres of old, and Timmy held a very strong lineup to 0 through 7, I'm loving it. It could have gone the other way and we would have been saying, "well, the Padres have a good lineup, he made some good pitches tonight, we'll see where he's at 5 games into the season". But no, that's not the story at all.

    To give credit where it's due, Morrow has had great "stuff" for a long time now, and now he's putting it together as a starter. I think a lineup with Belt and Pence scrapes out those 1 or 2 runs, and as it is they had a good game and took the loss.

    Kudos to a stronger Padre team this year... But those boys are still very much going down.