Friday, April 17, 2015

Game Wrap 4/16/2015: D'Backs 7 Giants 6 in 12 Innings

The Giants offense came to life in this game, battling back from 2 deficits to tie, but ultimately was not able to overcome the failures of their normally reliable bullpen.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco- 0 for 4, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .212.  If you only look at Blanco's BA, you would think he is playing terribly, but his OBP is a respectable .333.

Buster Posey- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .243.  Buster was flirting with the Mendoza Line before this game.  Hopefully this will get him going.

Brandon Belt- 0 for 6, 3 K.  BA= .087.  Belt is currently a black hole in the middle of the lineup, a huge rally killer.  Once again, it looks to me like he is standing too close to the plate.  When he swings, his hand come across the middle of the plate which ties him up on pitched middd-in.  On pitches over the outside corner that look like he should mash them, he consistently fouls them off to the left side of the field meaning he is late on his swings out there.  Might be time for a day or two of Bochy supervised batting practice?

Matt Duffy- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .300.  I'm tellin' ya.  Matt Duffy is playing himself into a starting gig here.  As much as the Giants bats are struggling, he's making himself mighty difficult to take out of the lineup.  Matt Duffy!

Joe Panik- 3 for 6, 3B.  BA= .225.  Panik needed a game like this.  His triple tied the score in the 9'th, but his potential winning run was left stranded.  Later, he made the final out of the game with a runner on 2B, but it was on a line out back to the pitcher.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .167.  Talk about needing a game.  Crawford had been looking terrible at the plate.  He got the Giants back in this one with the dinger.  Hopefully this gets him going too.

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.29.  Bummy's stuff looked a bit better tonight, except on the 2 dingers he gave up.  For the second game in a row, a 3-run HR off Giants pitching was the difference in the ballgame.

Jean Machi- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.  Machi seems to be rolling now.  Gotta bring the rest of the bullpen along.

The loss drops the last place Giants a full 5 games behind the NL West leading Rockies.  Dodgers and Padres were idle.  The 4'th place D'Backs evened their record at 5-5.  The Giants are 2.5 games out of 4'th place.  Yikes!

Jake Peavy tries to break the losing streak tonight facing Josh Collmenter.


  1. Belt seems to be pressing. I think he is also stubborn at the plate sometimes.He needs to get it going to replace some of the offensive production we lost. Duffy still worries me a bit defensively, especially his arm. He sailed another one last night that Belt was able to haul down. It might be due to him moving around but to get his bat in the line up, you might have to sacrifice some defense.

    Pence, Ishi, Cordier, and a little after those Cain, all coming back. Will be interesting to see what happens then and if the end results change at all.

    Billy Baseball

    1. Give Duffy a flyer, the kid's been all over the infield. If someone sails it, it's usually nerves, not an arm problem. He's getting the throws there on time, and had a great glove night on Wednesday. I believe he just needs to slow the game down a bit and his D will gel.

      And that bat... man.

    2. Sailing throws is sometimes a sign of trying to overthrow due to lower arm strength.

  2. Tough pill to swallow for us Giants fans early this season. Allowing multi-RBI home runs while not hitting well with runners in scoring position. Lady luck is just not on the Giants side right now but it's too early to the season and once we got Pence and McGehee fully healthy, I think this lineup is going to perform well. Fresh young arms coming on our bullpen really soon with our bullpen becoming old and slightly ineffective early on but the team will be okay soon enough. Now, how about this Bryant guy...