Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Game Wrap 4/5/2016: Giants 2 Brewers 1

The Giants won a slugfest on Opening Day.  Today they won a pitcher's duel as Johnny Cueto outduelled Jimmy Nelson for 7 innings and Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla shut out the lights in the 8'th and 9'th innings.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.  Panik's single started the winning rally in the 4'th inning.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .429.  Crawford got all of one in the 3'rd inning hitting it into the upper deck down the RF line to give the Giants their first run.

Johnny Cueto- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 10/2.  ERA= 1.29.  Cueto hit 93 MPH on at least one fastball, but his game is changing speeds and pace.  Quick pitches, standard delivery, full back turns, all with varying pitches and velocities.  The Brewers hitters were off balance all night.  What did Warren Spahn say?  "Hitting is timing, pitching is disrupting timing"?  Well, Warren Spahn would have been right proud of Johhny Cueto tonight.  Fun to watch, at least when he is on YOUR team!

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Romo still does not look comfortable when facing LH batters, but Pence caught a long drive in RF to get the first batter of the inning and Romo made the next two look easy.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.  Casilla had to face the 3, 4, 5 hitters in the bottom of the 9'th.  He got Ryan Braun on an easy fly to Hunter Pence in RF, then fanned Lucroy and Chris Carter to breeze home with the Save.


The Win improves the Giants record to 2-0 and guarantees at least a tie for first place in the NL West.  Meanwhile the Dodgers lead the Pathetic, Pathetic Padres 3-0 in the 8'th inning and the D'Backs have taken an 8-6 lead on the Rockies after trailing 6-3.  A Dodger win would equal the Giants 2-0 record while a D'Backs win would even them and the Rockies at 1-1.  Of course the Padres would end up in the early cellar at 0-2.  Man, they are a bad team!


Jeff Samardzija looks for his first Win as a Giant and a sweep of the opening series on getaway day from Beer Town.


Ariel Pena, the guy who gave up the back-to-back-to-back?  Well, that got him DFA'd yesterday.  As Kruk would say, that was a rough appearance!


  1. Cueto sure is fun. Not sure I've seen a starter work faster than him in the past 20 years. Controls the pace of the game. Making the batter stay in the box probably helps his game. Athletic. Fun to watch hit too. Real confidence out there. Seems like he's always got a plan, and ready of not, here it comes. Probably not quite an ace anymore, but looks like super solid.

  2. Man im gonna love watching Cueto pitch this season he looked amazing yesterday.