Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bay Bridge Series Game Wrap 4/1/2016: Giants 3 A's 0

Buster Posey hit a 2-run double in the first inning for all the runs the Giants needed as Jake Peavy pitched 5 innings of shutout ball and the bullpen shut it down the rest of the way in AT&T Park.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 2 for 2, 2B.  The first inning went they way Bruce Bochy drew it up:  Span led off with a groundball single through the right side hole.  Panik drew a walk and Posey ripped a 2-run double down the 3B line.

Matt Duffy- 1 for 3.  How many ways can 1 ballplayer help his team win?  Duffy had to come close to doing them all in this one.  2 scintillating plays at 3B.  One a diving backhanded stop with a long skip throw to 1B, the other a backhanded catch of a line drive.  Then, after a single, he took 2B on Crawford's groundout to the right side and got a great jump on Gregor Blanco's line drive to LF and scored easily with the throw being cut off.  Matt Duffy!  What a pleasure to watch this kid play!

Denard Span- 1 for 3.  In addition to scoring the Giants first run, Span showed excellent speed in catching up to a CF blooper he got a late jump on.

Jake Peavy- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  Peavy barked at himself after the walk, but other than that, he seamed pretty happy with his performance as he should have been.  Changing speeds, hitting spot, mixing pitches.  The highest velocity reading I saw was 89 MPH, but he kept the A's hitters off balance the whole appearance.

Chris Heston, George Kontos, Hunter Strickland and Santiago Casilla pitched a shutout inning each.  I missed Heston and Kontos' innings, but Strickland and Casilla were dominant.


Matt Cain gets the start in the Bay Bridge Series finale in Oakland.


Shocking news out of Arizona as AJ Pollack fractured his right elbow on a slide across home plate.  They've already announced it will require surgery.  Pollack had been having trouble with his elbow all spring.  It looked like he tried to push himself up with his right hand after the slide and the arm just collapsed.  Gotta think there must have already been a stress reaction there and it just gave away.  Pollack had a breakout season last year and the D'Backs were counting on him, along with Paul Goldschmidt to lead their offense after investing heavily in pitching this offseason.

1 comment:

  1. I read about AJ Pollock. I'm wondering if the the D-Backs are going to regret all those trades they got fleeced on... Especially the Ender Inciarte, plus too much, for Shelby Miller trade.