Saturday, June 20, 2015

Game Wrap 6/20/2015: Giants 6 Dodgers 2

Tim Hudson shook off back-to-back first inning HR's to blank the Dodgers over the next 5.1 IP while the Giants answered with a couple of 2 run dingers to continue their domination of their historic rivals.  Key Lines:

Justin Maxwell- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .225.  Maxwell was pressed into service when Nori Aoki had to leave the game after being hit on the ankle by a pitch in the first inning.  Maxwell dropped his silver hammer on a 2-run dinger to cap the Giants scoring.

Joe Panik- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .307.  Panik just continues his solid offensive production.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .270.  I had a premonition it was Belt's turn to be the hero.  He hit a ball that bounced off the top of the RF wall.  Yasiel Puig did about 3 full circles going back on the ball and then looked dazed and confused afterward.

Tim Hudson- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 12/2.  ERA= 4.52.  Things weren't looking too good when Huddy coughed up a 2 run lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Thankfully, the 2 dingers were of the solo variety so the damage was limited to tying up the game again.  From there on, Huddy got the sinker going and had the Dodgers killing worms for a QS.  Who says he's a 5 inning pitcher?

Hunter Strickland- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.51.   A performance like this against the Dodgers will buy you a lot of extra rope.

The Win cut the Dodgers lead over the Giants in the NL West to just 0.5 games.  The Giants remain percentage points behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card playoff spot.

Big Time Timmy Jim brings his broom with him tomorrow evening facing lefty Brett Anderson who has run hot and cold against the Giants over his career.


  1. Reading today where the Dodgers are down playing the rivalry with the Giants and that the rivalry is not important to win the division or even make the playoffs. All the great Dodgers and Giant players of the past would kick would be mortified to hear that and I think it speaks to the culture the current Dodgers have and why, IMO, they will not be there when the dust settles.

    Billy Baseball

    1. Well, I guess they have to say something besides "we're getting our butts kicked." I wonder if they are downplaying what the Cardinals have been doing to them too? Yeah, maybe they make the playoffs in a breeze no matter what they do against the Giants and Cards, but the road to the World Series has lately run through SF and St Louis, so you'd think they would be spending a large amount of time trying to figure out how to beat those two teams.