Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Game Wrap 4/26/2016: Giants 1 Padres 0

The 5'th inning was pivotal in this game as the Padres had a safe call overturned to take away a run and the Giants scored what ended up as the only run of the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Denard Span.  The biggest story of the game, though, was the CG shutout pitched by Johnny Cueto who served notice that he is now at least the co-ace of the pitching staff.  Key Lines:

Johnny Cueto- 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 2.65.  Man, is it ever fun to watch this guy pitch!  He works fast and has a different look on every delivery, mixing hesitations of varying lengths with quick pitches, mixing pitch types, mixing velocities on each pitch type.  He threw 119 pitches in the game and it's possible that no two were exactly alike.  And how valuable is a 1-0 shutout?  In my mind, to be an ace of a rotation, you need at least 1 CG 1-0 shutout on your resume and Cueto checked that box last night.  I would rate him as at least the co-ace of the staff now along with Madison Bumgarner.


The Win, coupled with the Marlins beating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 6-3 and the D'Backs 8-2 loss to the Cardinals, boosted the Giants into a second place tie in the NL West with the D'Backs, 1.5 games behind the first place Dodgers.  Andrew McCutchen hit 3 HR's for the Pirates in a 9-4 win over the Rockies who fell to 4'th place while remaining 2.5 games behind the Dodgers while the Last Place Padres remained 5 games off the pace.


Jeff Samardzija tries to show he is a 3'rd co-ace this afternoon by closing out the homestand with a W facing Andrew Cashner.


  1. What a game from Cueto!!!!

    (So much more to say, but I'll just leave it at that..)

  2. I'm so glad we signed Cueto. I wanted him more than any other FA we could have chased. And to get Samardzija, who I wanted the Giants to trade for in 2014 (instead of Peavy), is just icing on the cake. Cueto is pitching like the Ace he's been. And Samardzija is doing what I thought he'd do and maybe better because he's really inducing ground-balls, something he struggled with last year.