Sunday, May 31, 2015
Game Wrap 5/31/2015: Braves 7 Giants 5
Not all losses are created equal. There are losses you don't expect to win. There are losses where you get blown out and seemed to have no chance at any point in the game. Then there are the ones that hurt. I've always believed 1-0 losses are devastating because you wasted a great pitching performance and you won't always get those. Then there are come from ahead losses which your ace pitcher started. Those hurt pretty bad too. If you had told any of us or any of the Giants that they would get 3 HR's in a game Bumgarner started, the overwhelming consensus would be to project an easy win. Well, all those things happened, and Bumgarner even had a Quality Start and the Giants found a way to lose it. Key Lines:
Joe Panik- 2 for 4, HR(4), BB. BA= .300. Remember when folks were stressing out over Panik's BABIP last year? My response was that, yes, the BABIP was not sustainable, but as he settled in, Panik was likely to increase his walk rate and his SLG%. I used his Cal League numbers as a reference for something I though was sustainable. Well, that's exactly what is happening this year as his walk rate is up from 5+% to around 10% and his ISO is up from a meager .063 to a respectable .131.
Brandon Belt- 2 for 3, HR(7), BB. ERA- .306. Belt continues to be one of the hottest hitters in baseball, now for well over a month.
Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, HR(7). BA= .299. Crawford continued his power breakout, but an error on a potential DP ball in which no outs were recorded, proved costly as it opened the door for the wining Braves rally.
Matt Duffy- 1 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .286. Duffy refuses to go into a slump.
Madison Bumgarner- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 3.12. Wouldn't you know that Juan Uribe would be the guy with the key HR that set up the winning rally.
Jose Casilla- 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, BS(3). ERA= 2.82. Casilla had already given up his second 9'th inning HR to Freddie Freeman in 2 Save Opps in 3 days, so you know he wasn't at his best. The Crawford error sank his ship, but it was taking on water fast anyway. Casilla may need a few days off to collect himself.
The Loss kept the Giants 0.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who lost to the Cardinals 3-1. The Giants have a 1.5 game lead on the first Wild Card playoff spot.
Ryan Vogelsong starts the first game of a series against the Bucs from Pittsburgh facing a hot starter in Gerrit Cole.