Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Game Wrap 4/22/2015: Giants 3 Dodgers 2

Pitching duels between aces sometimes don't live up to the hype.  This one sort of did as the Giants took an early lead of Clayton Kershaw by scratching out 2 runs in the 3'rd inning.  Madison Bumgarner looked like he might make those 2 runs stand up until the 7'th inning when he gave up a 2 run dinger to tie the score.  Neither starter was around for the finish with the Giants bullpen outpitching the Dodgers bullpen that Dave Cameron thinks is so great with Joe Panik driving in the game winner with a walk-off, bases-loaded Sac Fly.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.63.

Giants Bullpen- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, Win(Santiago Casilla).

Clayton Kershaw(Dodgers)-  6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.07.

Dodgers Bullpen- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's, HBP, Loss(Chris Hatcher).

As you can see, neither "ace" pitcher has pitched like an ace so far.  They were both better in this game and more or less pitched to a draw with the Giants bullpen winning over the Dodgers bullpen.  Take THAT Dave Cameron!

The Win pulled the NL West trailing Giants to 4 games behind the division leading Dodgers.  The Padres lost to the Rockies 5-4 to remain tied with the Dodgers in games, but trailing in percentage points.  The Dodgers are 9-5 while the Padres are 10-6.  The D'Backs topped the Texas Rangers 8-5 to remain tied with the Rockies at 8-7, 1.5 games behind the Dodgers and 2.5 games ahead of the Giants who are 6-10.

Ryan Vogelsong tries for a series sweep facing callup Mike Bolsinger, who has given the Giants fits as a member of the Arizona D'Backs if I remember correctly, in the series finale tomorrow afternoon at AT&T Park.


  1. Bolsinger actually lost to the Giants twice in 2014. In one game he allowed just 1 run in 7.1 IP. In the other, he allowed 5 runs in 5 IP.

  2. Series win against the Dodgers with a chance for the sweep. Things are starting to look up.

    I'm still a little skeptical about Belt as the long term answer at first base, however. He has shown the potential to be a great player, but that's all it has been so far. There are games where he comes up with a crucial hit like tonight's 9th inning single, but then there are games where he is a black hole in the lineup. I hope he proves me wrong with a big season this year. Susac is making a case that he belongs in the show, and that could lead to having Posey transition to first base earlier that we anticipated.

  3. Nice zing on the Dodger bullpen and FG Doc. Its hilarious that 42 IP combined is being thrown up as an example of excellence. Isn't the saber snark all about sample size? They've won walkoffs against Seattle, played 4 one run games (winning 2, losing 2) and generally coasted so far. Lets see what happens when they get tested.

    I miss Tim Flannery.

    1. No Kidding. Roberto Kelly was a fine first base coach, just fine. When he got announced as the 3B coach in the Spring, I winced hard and it's been as bad as any of us could have imagined. He just does not have the intuition or feel for the position.

      This should be his only season, as he's almost cost the Giants (Single Handedly!!) a handful of runs in a very short season already. Also, Bill Hall at 1B also seems a little odd. Kelly should be at 1B, and someone like Decker should be at 3B. Got to just have a feel and go with the gut, and Kelly hasn't shown he has that sensation at all.

    2. Guys, we're only a little over 2 weeks into the season here. Flannery coached 3B for a couple of decades. I bet he had a few call blow up in his face when he first got started too. Let's have an ounce of patience here. Eeesh!!!

    3. Shankbone,

      Yeah, once again we see Dave Cameron with a narrative to push and cherry picking stats to push it.

    4. I'm sure he'll grow into the job. I'm sure Tim Flannery had to grow into the job.

    5. You all might be glad to hear that I posted analysis there showing how the pitchers are projected to be around average overall the rest of the season, then noted that it seems like, if anything, the Dodgers two-headed GM is costing their team a chance to win the championship by going cheap on relievers. And they can't delete my comment, like they did DrB's comment on Sarris' article on that same bullpen, as it uses a Facebook interface.

    6. I did not have any comments deleted. I only posted a response to Dave Cameron's article, not Eno Sarris's