Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Game Wrap 4/6/2016: Brewers 4 Giants 3

As ballgames go, this was a pretty interesting one to watch.  It just didn't turn out in the Giants favor.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .273.  Gotta say, Pagan is a dynamic player when he's feeling good.  He moved over to CF for Denard Span, who has the flu syndrome that seems to be epidemic on the team right now,  and batting leadoff.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4.  BA= .308.  Pence is hitting .308?  It sure doesn't seem like it as he's been flailing at some pitches pretty far out of the strike zone.  Maybe this game will get him going?

Matt Duffy- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .231.  Man, where is that power coming from?  Duffy's shot to left-center landed up walkway up behind the bleachers.  I'm starting to think he might hit more than 20 this year.  On the other hand, Miller Park.

Jeff Samardzija- 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.06.  Speaking of Miller Park, it seems to be somewhat of a house of horrors for Samardzija who has never won there.  This was a disappointing start as Samardzija just couldn't seem to get a grip on his offspeed stuff and kept hanging it.  He was better when he ditched those pitches and went with the FB,  and did a reasonable job of limiting the damage.  I'm wondering if with that history, maybe Peavy should have gone today with Samardzija going against the Dodgers in AT&T, but that might have gone badly too.

Javier Lopez- 0.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= INF.  Lopez walked the leadoff batter in the 7'th, the only one he faced, and it ended up costing the Giants the ballgame.

Cory Gearrin- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.  The line looks OK, but he crossed up Posey for a PB that resulted in Lopez' runner taking 3B and eventually scoring.

Josh Osich- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  These appearances are important for Osich to get settled in as they will need him for more important innings later in the season.


The Loss dropped the Giants record to 2-1.  They are tied with the Rockies for 2'nd place, one game behind the Dodgers who absolutely plundered San Diego, shutting them out for the 3'rd game in a row, outscoring them 28-0 for the 3 game series.  The D'Backs are 1-2 and the Beyond Pathetic Padres dead last at 0-3.


The Giants return to San Francisco for their home opener against the Dodgers.  Jake Peavy gets the start against Alex Wood.


Fantasy Focus:  My Ben Revere hit the DL today with an oblique strain.  I picked up Steven Souza off the FA list.  He had a disappointing year last season, but is off to a hot start this year.  I'll go with the hot hand and see how far I can ride it.


  1. Maybe I hit a wrong button on Mozes: Glad to hear Nicasio paid off for you today. Any pitcher going to Pittsburgh and working with Ray Searage is a good bet to improve on their prior numbers.

    1. Good advice and I appreciate it. Especially as he racked up 22 points in our league scoring yesterday.

  2. It felt like Roberto Kelly cost the Giants this game. Bad send of Posey on Belt bloop that was caught by Hill. Bad SB attempt that got Belt hosed at 2B. In general, the Giants seemed a bit too aggressive on the base paths this series and it cost them today. I hope he tones it down. This lineup is built to move the line. No need to push the envelope when they're putting the ball in play consistently.

    Just a note: Pagan played left with Blanco in CF.

    1. Good points about the baserunning, although it's a bit strong to say Kelly cost them the game because we don't know what Posey's fate would have been had he held at 3B on that play. I was watching the game at that point and I thought he had a chance to make it because Hill's momentum was carrying him away from the direction of the throw. On the other hand, Posey is not a fast runner by any stretch, and it obviously did not work out.

    2. I'll add that I was almost more upset by Belt's two CS's because at least one of them was with no outs and I just don't think you want to make the first out of an inning by getting CS at 2B.

    3. Well, having played a lot of team sports, I learned a long time ago that it's never one player:

      Samardzija walked 3 batters, 2 of whom turned into runs.
      Lopez walked his batter, who turned into a run.
      All-in-all the Giants issued 7 walks.
      The team was 1 of 8 in RISP.
      Adrianza didn't produce as a pinch hitter (which is not actually a criticism, PH is generally harder than regular hitting.)
      Panik, Posey & Belt were hitless, though all earned at least one walk.
      Blanco contributed nothing but defense.
      If I remember right, it seemed to me Belt's SECOND CS was a great inside pitch jamming the batter so he couldn't execute what appeared to be a hit-and-run. (Sometimes your opponents just make good plays, even if by accident.)

      And I could go on but it'd be pedantic. But, no, I don't agree that Kelly cost the Giants the game even if we assign him his fair share of errors. Too many other fathers for this loss to be his alone.

  3. It took a picture-perfect play to get Posey aided by what seemed like an uphill baseline from 3rd to home. Or was it just Buster taking a long time to get to top speed or is he actually slower than he looks?
    LOL, it was worth it, it wasn't Arenado playing 3rd. But Flannery is missed!