Thursday, April 21, 2016

Game Wrap 4/20/2016: D'Backs 2 Giants 1

For the second game in a row, one mistake pitch by Madison Bumgarner cost him and the Giants the game as an otherwise dominant start went to waste.  Key Lines:

Matt Duffy- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .217.  One silver lining was the second good offensive game for Matt Duffy since taking a day off to clear his mind and work on some mechanics.

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .222.  Blanco continues to make the most of opportunities despite never getting enough respect to get a regular starting gig.  His triple in the 7'th set up the only run the Giants would score in the game.

Madison Bumgarner- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.91.  Bumgarner actually slightly outpitched  Greinke for 6 innings, but left a breaking ball up and away to Welington Castillo in the 7'th and Castillo took it deep to the left-CF corner for the only runs the D'Backs would score and the ballgame.

Derek Law- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Law gave up a leadoff double to Jake Lamb, who destroyed the Giants in this series, but Law caught a break when Jean Segura tried to bunt and the ball stopped about a foot in front of the plate.  Posey jumped out and fired a throw to third in time to nail Lamb to convert a runner at second with no outs into a runner at first with 1 out situation.  Law then allowed another single by Brandon Drury but got Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas on weak comebackers to end the threat.  Nice work to dig out of the jam by Law!


The Loss dropped the Giants into 4'th place in the NL West, 2.5 games behind the leading Dodgers who topped ATL 5-3 in extra innings.  The Rockies lost and are 1 game behind in second place while the D'Backs move up to 3'rd place, 1.5 games behind the leaders.  The last place Padres beat the Pirates 8-2 to remain 3 games off the pace, so the Giants are now just 0.5 games out of last place in the NL West.  The Giants have lost 4 games in a row and 7 of their last 8.


Johnny Cueto tries to stave off a 4 game series sweep today facing Shelby Miller who is off to a rough start to the season, but seems to have some ownage on the Giants.


  1. What a season so far. When the hitters are hitting, the pitchers aren't pitching. WHen the pitchers are pitching, the hitters aren't hitting.

  2. This is just one of those stretches, small dings are creating poor plate appearances (Panik, Posey & probably Span), and like Moses said above - the timing belt of the squad is just all kinds of out of whack. Good hitting, good pitching & good defense just cannot show up for each other.

    However, it's quite clear that this will not last. Bum has (finally) hit his stride, Cueto is already there, Samardzjia has had the good stuff for two weeks now & will find his rhythm with Raghetti as the season progresses. Guys like Posey & Panik aren't going to stay dormant forever.

    We'll see, I'm not sweating it.