Saturday, July 18, 2015

Game Wrap 7/18/2015: Giants 8 D'Backs 4

The Giants parlayed 13 singles, a triple, 5 walks and a HBP into 8 runs while Jake Peavy and the bullpen held the D'Backs offense at bay.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, SF.  BA= .272.  Pagan looked terrible in last night's game but came back with a decent game at the plate, although he still appeared tentative in the OF.

Joe Panik- 2 for 3, BB, HBP.  BA= .315.  More of the same for Joe Panik who has raised his walk rate and lowered his K rate this season.

Matt Duffy- 3 for 5.  BA= .302.  Running out of things to say about the Duffman.  I guess all you can say is Matt Duffy!

Buster Posey- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .318.  The top 3 batters in the order on base 9 times in 15 PA's, helping Buster Posey drive in 4 run with his 3 singles.  Talk about keeping the line moving….

Hunter Pence- 1 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .300.  The top 5 batters in the lineup reached base a combined 17 times in 25 PA's.

Andrew Susac- 1 for 2, 3B.  BA= .241.  Susac's triple was the only XBH of the game.  The Giants he ended up scoring a run on Pagan's SF, but the Giants might be wishing he had stopped at 2B as he sprained his right thumb sliding into 3B.  He will be out at least 7-10 days and will have to go on the DL to make room for Hector Sanchez to be the backup catcher.  According to Baggs, Hector missed some time earlier this season with another concussion.  At least he won't have to catch Timmy for awhile.

Jake Peavy- 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.94.  Peavy missed out on a QS when Cliff Pennington hit a PH HR with 1 out in the 6'th prompting Boch to take him out of the game.  Given the ballpark he was pitching in and the team he was pitching against, it is probably would have been a QS in AT&T or against another team.  Peavy has an ERA of 3.20 since his return from the DL.

Hunter Strickland- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.05.  Strickland finished up the 7'th inning then got the first batter of the 8'th.

Sergio Romo- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 4.71.  Romo stranded 2 inherited runners from Josh Osich, then pitched the 9'th earning his first Save of the season, probably because by the time the bottom of the 9'th rolled around, it was no longer a Save situation.  I would have predicted at the beginning of the season that Romo would have more than 1 Save by this time.

The Win move the Giants a half game closer to the Dodgers who lost their suspended game from last night and then won the regularly scheduled game agains the Nationals 4-0 behind Clayton Kershaw.  The Giants now trail by 3.5 games and remain 1 game behind the Cubs in the race for the second Wild Card playoff spot.

Madison Bumgarner goes for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon facing lefty Patrick Corbin.


  1. Everytime I see a 6.1 or 6.2 inning start where Lincecum, Peavy, Hudson or Vogelsong gave up a bunch of runs before exiting I grind my teeth. I know Bochy is between a rock-and-a-hard place. But I haven't looked at any of those four (pre-or-post DL) as anything but 6-inning pitchers.

    Obviously, he can't yank them unless they fail because he's got to do his best to keep the bullpen rested plus half of them are floundering as well. But it's still crazy making.

    1. I believe that Bochy does not see the last 3 innings as 3 innings but rather 9 outs. I think Bochy puts a high value on those extra 1-2 outs. In other words, for him, when he sees 6.1 or 6.2 as opposed to 6.0, he sees a big positive because those are 1 or 2 outs he does not have to use the bullpen for. Those extra 1-2 outs translate into maybe 0.5-1 fewer relief pitchers on average that he has to use in that game. Over the course of the season, that adds up to a more than trivial number of appearances and innings.

    2. You may have noticed that Bochy has a much quicker hook in the postseason than regular season?

    3. I remember when Felipe Alou had one of the quickest hooks in baseball. At first it seemed great. We used to say, "Oh, he plays every game like it's the 7'th game of the WS, that's how it should be!" After awhile, though, the pitchers got paranoid(remember Joe Nathan?) and burned out. By the time the postseason came around in 2013 or the end of a tight pennant race in 2014, there was no gas left in the tank.