Monday, September 7, 2015

Game Wrap 9/6/2015: Giants 7 Rockies 4

The Giants broke open a 2-2 tie with a 5-run 5'th inning and held on in Coors Field for a win and a series split with the Rockies.  Key Lines:

Kelby Tomlinson- 2 for 5.  BA= .306.  It will be good to have Joe Panik back, but Tomlinson has been a very able fill in.  Certainly he held up his end of the bargain on offense and his defense improved over time.  Kruk and Kuip were mentioning a lot of defensive work with coach Ron Wotus that seems to have paid off.  At worst, the Giants seem to have their utility IF in place for next season.

Matt Duffy- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .303.  Just one hit in the game for Duffman, but it was a triple to drive in the first 2 runs of the 5'th inning rally.  Tuned into the game just in time to see it.  Everybody says Duffy is running on fumes, but he doesn't show it.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(17), BB.  BA= .326.  Buster's HR was the 100'th of his career, which is great, but also serves as a reminder of how stupendously difficult it is to hit 500 let alone 660 or 750+.  Anyway, Buster has been beat up, but looked like he was feeling better in this game.

Marlon Byrd- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .241.  Byrd had just 1 hit in his last 17 AB's before this game.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 5, 2B. BA= .259.  Crawford capped off the rally with a 2-run double up the alley in right-CF.  He still seems to be slowed a bit by the sore calf as he was late on a couple of first steps on defense.

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.05.  Maybe Bummy didn't have his best stuff or maybe it's just Coor's Field.  He was fortunate to get out of the bottom of the 5'th without more damage than 2 runs scored.  That frame came on the heels of the 5 run rally in which Bummy had to sit on the bench for a long time.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(32).  ERA= 3.19.  Casilla was on fire and seems to have put his midseason struggles behind him.  One pitch registered 97 MPH on whatever gun Kruk and Kuip were watching.  That woke them up a bit!

The Giants remain 7.5 games behind the Dodgers and 8 behind the Cubs in the playoff race.

The Giants move on to Arizona where Mike Leake faces Patrick Corbin in game 1.

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