Friday, July 3, 2015

Game Wrap 7/2/2015: Marlins 5 Giants 4

The number 3 was not good for the Giants in this series:  3 days, 3 games, 3 3-run HR's, 3 losses.  3 very similar games all of which seemed like they were winnable for the Giants.  Instead, they start a tough road trip with 3 losses.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 4, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .318.  Blanco has picked up right where Nori Aoki left off and credits Aoki with helping him with his swing.  Blanco continues to put up WAR points at a pace of a little over 3/600 PA's.

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .316.  Coming into today's game, Panik had a 3.2-2.9 lead on Dee Gordon in NL 2B fWAR.  That lead got bigger in this game.  Panik certainly has a case to be the starting NL 2B in the All-Star Game.

Buster Posey- 1 for 3, HR(13), SF.  BA= .304.  Buster played 1B the day after coming out of a game after taking a foul tip off the mask. He showed no signs of a concussion in his offensive line here.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .268.  Belt is obviously working on his speed game as he transitions to becoming an outfielder.

Matt Cain- 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 9.00.  Cain's line looked OK after 4 innings but a HR by the opposing pitcher and a 3-run dinger later, things did not look as good.  Hopefully this is something to build on.  His FB reportedly topped out at 91 MPH.

With the Loss, the Giants fell to 3 games behind the idle Dodgers in the NL West and 1.5 games behind the Cubs in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

The Giants now move on to Washington to face the Nationals for the first time since last year's NLDS series.  Think the Nationals might feel like they have something to prove?  Jake Peavy comes off the DL to face Gio Gonzalez in game 1.

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