Saturday, August 22, 2015

Game Wrap 8/22/2015: Pirates 3 Giants 2

There was just a hint of fall in the air in Pittsburgh and the shadows were already lengthening at the 4 PM local start time.  There was also more than a hint of playoff atmosphere in the game as the Pirates used 3 solo home runs to overcome the speed and hustle of the Giants and win a nail biting pitcher's duel.  Key Lines:

Mike Leake- 6 IP, 1 H 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 3.44.  If this is the Leake the Giants get the rest of the way, they are in good shape.  He actually outpitched Gerrit Cole except for 1 pitch to Jung Ho Kang(pronounced "Gong" for all of you who did not watch the broadcast).  Leake ultimately left the game in a 1-1 tie and did not get a decision, but he looked very good.

Gerrit Cole- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.49.  Don't mean to cause any trouble, but the TV camera kept showing Brandon Crawford's sister, Amy, in the stands whenever he batted against Gerrit Cole who happens to be her fianc√©.  Have to say, she did not look too happy when Brandon struck out.  She is a pretty girl, though.

The Loss drops the Giants a full 2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodgers-Astros game.  They dropped further behind the Cubs in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot, now 5 games off that pace.

Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound in the series finale tomorrow evening facing Francisco Liriano.


  1. Wait, which pitcher is the former Giant and which one is the former Pirate? I'm confused.

    Which team is which? Lopez? Strickland? Morse? Ishikawa? Byrd? Stewart? Huh. Which team's GM was hanging around the Warriors after their championship, trying to learn from Bob Myers how to rest players through the regular season? Oh, right, that would be Neal. lol. Go Giants.

  2. bucs have a very good team.

    dodgers again lost to the stros.

    looking more and more like to make the post, the giants will have to win the division, which is still doable

    amy lynn tweeted from the park, sitting next to cole's sister, her future sis in law. and the clan has been clear, they all root for cole, until he pitches against the giants. he's cool with it. he attended all of the ws games.

    going into the stretch run, looks like most of the excitement will be in the al

    summer has come and gone very fast...wish i was a kid again, where it seemed to last forever


    1. I think we have a few more weeks of summer, or even months here in California. We need RAIN, though!