Saturday, July 4, 2015

Game Wrap 7/4/2015: Nationals 9 Giants 3

It was deja vu all over again as the Giants and Madison Bumgarner relived a loss 3 years ago to the day, July 4, 2012.  Same day, same time, same team.  OK, the opposing pitcher that day was Edwin Jackson and the final score was 9-4 instead of 9-3 and Bummy gave up 7 runs instead of just 6, but yeah, pretty much a time travel experience to get up and watch this game at 8:00 AM on Independence Day.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .273.  You might look at that line and think Belt had a good game.  Wrong!  In addition to his success at the plate, Belt got picked off 1B and then failed to cover 1B when he gave up on a ball that Brandon Crawford still thought he had a chance on.  You'd think that after all these years of playing with Crawford, Belt would know that the other Brandon NEVER gives up on a play!

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .500.  OK, this is how you work yourself into more playing time on Bruce Bochy's bench.  You go up there in a spot that doesn't mean anything and you get the job done.  Next time it might be in a more meaningful spot.  If you get it done again, you might find yourself starting a game or two.  If you get it done……you get the idea.

Madison Bumgarner- 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.34.  As Kruk and Kuip say, ownage is ownage!  Not the the Nationals own Madison Bumgarner, but he probably should not start against them in their park on July 4 ever again!

The Loss leaves the Giants 3.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.  I don't feel like looking up the Wild Card standings, but it's not much better.

Ryan Vogelsong tries to salvage 1 game out the the series and the road trip tomorrow facing the fearsome Jordan Zimmermann.  Hmmm…..Isn't Zimm a FA at the end of this year?


  1. Crawford had the runner in front of him at 2 and kind of surprised everyone going to first. Belt should have been there, but it was more that he wasn't expecting the throw than he quit on it

    1. Let's see. Not expecting a throw? Quitting on it? Not sure there's a significant difference there.