Sunday, July 19, 2015
Game Wrap 7/19/2015: Giants 2 D'Backs 1
Madison Bumgarner needed help early from the bullpen, but Giants pitchers held the Dangerous D'Backs offense to just 1 run while the offense scored 2. Key Lines;
Joe Panik- 1 for 3, BB. BA= .315. More of the same from the Giants All -Star 2B.
Hunter Pence- 1 for 4, 2B. BA= .298. Pence has a knack and this is a different team with him in the lineup.
Justin Maxwell- 1 for 4, HR(7). BA= .216. Maxwell is hitting .286 over his last 7 games, so I don't think he is going anywhere soon. He hit another ball that Kuip clearly thought was going out, but was caught at the fence in right-CF. He also made a terrific running, diving catch in left-center to save at least a hit if not more.
Madison Bumgarner- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 3.27. Taking Bummy out after 5 innings in a game he was leading raised some eyebrows. Word is it was just his pitch count of 93, but Bummy is usually good into the 100 and teens. Hopefully it was just Bochy recognizing when a guy needed a break.
George Kontos- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 1.58. Kontos 2 shutout innings were critical in this one and he's become a real go-to guy in the pen.
Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(24). ERA= 3.15. No K's but Casilla had a relatively uneventful Save.
The Win completed a sweep of the Dangerous D'Backs and left the Giants 3.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who blanked Max Scherzer and the Nationals 5-0 behind Zack Greinke whose scoreless innings streak is now at 43 IP. The Giants also maintained their 1 game deficit to the Cubs in the Wild Card race.
The Giants now move on to soggy Southern California to face the Pesky Padres in Petco Park. Tim Hudson comes off the DL to pitch game 1 tomorrow evening. Bets on who gets sent out? I'll wager Machi or Petit.